Driver survives logs plowing through windshield

By Christy Hutchings - bio | email

PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - A woman nearly loses her life after running into the back of a log truck. She didn't see it until it was too late because it was dark - but survived.

She hopes her story will bring about awareness and possibly new regulations when it comes to how log trucks operate on roadways.

Leslie Cutcher was driving to work one morning when the unthinkable happened. "I hardly had any time to think," she said. "I did apply the brakes, but I ran into the back of the log truck as he was turning."

Cutcher said she couldn't see any reflectors on the truck, and by the time she realized she was behind a log truck it was too late. The logs went right through her windshield, barely missing her.

"I didn't realize how lucky I was," she said.

Now she's making it her mission to see that changes are made. "I think that it would not cost a lot of money to make these log trucks safer," said Cutcher. "I have been spared for a reason."

She hopes her story will prompt state legislators to make some changes, including stricter rules for log truck drivers. She'd especially like to see more reflectors or limits on how far logs can hang off trucks.

Cpl. Michael Swainston with Port Wentworth Police sees firsthand the dangers the trucks can pose. He's one of only a few officers in in the area who is certified in commercial vehicle enforcement. Every day he sees trucks, some are following the rules and others are not. "I've seen some that are unsafe, operating them unsafely," said Swainston.

And it's the unsafe drivers Cutcher wants to go after. "I'm so fearful for the next person. I'm telling you if something doesn't change this is going to happen exactly the way it happened to me," said Cutcher.

Cutcher doesn't know whose log truck she ran into, the driver kept going. She says she thinks he probably didn't realize she'd hit him.

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