Driver escapes injury in tractor-trailer crash

Contributed | BDN
By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 28, 2008, at 7:09 p.m.

PARKMAN, Maine — A Prentiss man escaped injury Tuesday when he lost control of his tractor-trailer on a sharp curve on Route 150 and the truck rolled over into a ditch.

Matthew Purrington, 28, was traveling toward Guilford at about 4:30 a.m. in a tractor-trailer carrying a load of saw-dust when he failed to negotiate a curve, according to Trooper Forrest Simpson of the Maine State Police. The 2004 Kenworth truck was owned by S&S Transportation of Lincoln.

Simpson said two axles separated from the trailer during the accident and the rig was damaged extensively. A couple of minor defects on the truck resulted in warnings, he said.

Traffic was rerouted from Parkman to Sangerville from the time of the accident until about 12:40 p.m., Simpson said.

Since the accident occurred near a stream and a small amount of fuel leaked from the truck, the Department of Environmental Protection was notified.

Guilford firefighters and the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department assisted state police. printed on July 27, 2017