Kent Montgomery of Chase City had never wrecked in the 44 years he had been driving until Tuesday after noon when he overturned his loaded logging truck near 15092 Mountain Road in Vernon Hill.

The 62-year-old man says a car had crossed the center line, and the eastbound logging truck veered off the right side of the road to miss the vehicle, striking a sign and toppling over sending his load of logs across the property.

“I’m not going to hit anyone head on if I can help it. I didn’t know where to go,” said Montogomery. 

He also snagged the Dominion Energy power line cutting power to 192 residents in the Vernon Hill community as of 2 p.m.

According to Dominion Energy’s website, power is expected to be restored between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Crews with Dominion Energy were on the scene assessing the damage by 1 p.m. 

While they assessed the power line and transformer, Montgomery and several Virginia State Troopers assessed the logging truck. 

“I had a perfect driving record,” Montgomery said. 

When his truck turned over, he said he hit his head and debris started flying around the cab. But, he was able to compose himself and climb out the cab on his own.  

“I’m going to feel it tomorrow,” he concluded. 

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at