Originally Posted By: Robert Wade
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Depending on the design of the truss either the upper chord or the lower chord will rest on the foundation. If the upper chord rests on the foundation then the lower chord will be in tension and the upper chord in bending. If the lower chord is resting on the foundation then the upper chord is in compression and the lower chord in bending.
But, then, we aren't structural engineers.
Yes, it does look as though the lower chord was cut. But it is possible that it was designed that way. You don't know unless you can get your hands on the truss company calculations.
But the lack of bearing at one end is a serious problem. Either the truss was too short, the sills incorrectly placed, or the foundation too wide.