Trucker Drives off Road to Avoid Accident on Rt. 11 in Central Aroostook
An accident involving a log truck and a snowmobile led to a separate tractor-trailer crash just south of the Masardis town line Monday afternoon.
State police say both the north and south lanes of Route 11 were closed after a crash about 30 minutes earlier that sent a snowmobiler to the hospital.
Police say 64-year-old Terry Lane of Sherman was driving a 2001 Peterbilt tractor-trailer loaded with wood chips north on Route 11 shortly after 1:15 p.m. As Lane came around a corner, he noticed several stopped vehicles in the roadway. Lane knew he would not be able to stop the truck in time and opted to drive into the ditch, according to Cpl. Dennis Quint of the Maine State Police.
The shoulder was softer than the driver anticipated and the truck rolled onto its side. Lane was wearing his seat belt and was not injured, Quint reported.
Beaulieu’s Towing towed the truck from the scene. A local excavator was used to remove the wood chips, saving the trailer when it was rolled back onto its wheels, Quint said.
Sergeant Jeffrey Clark and Corporal Quint investigated the crash and conducted traffic control while the truck and trailer were removed from the ditch. Ashland Police Department, Maine Forest Service and Maine DOT assisted at the scene.