Maine State Police report a Van Buren man was seriously injured Friday morning when two log trucks collided head-on on Route 1 in Orient.

Police and emergency responders were called to the crash at the Amity/Orient town line at around 9:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Chadwick Fuller of Troop F.


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The initial investigation found that 31-year-old James "Jimmy" Walsh of Van Buren was headed north in a 2021 Western Star tractor-trailer when he crossed into the opposite lane.

Police say 66-year-old Larry Belanger of Mapleton was driving south in a 2014 Peterbilt tractor-trailer and attempted to swerve into the northbound lane to avoid a crash but struck the other logging truck head-on.

Walsh’s rig went off the road, plowed through the snow down a slight embankment and spilled its load of logs. He was reported to be trapped in the cab until EMS personnel were able to rescue him.

Walsh was transported by LifeFlight to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious injuries.

Belanger sustained what police say were minor injuries in the collision.

The crash remains under investigation. We will have more details as they become available.

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