April 22, 2018
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Two injured as pickup and oil truck collide in Montville

By George Chappell

MONTVILLE, Maine — The drivers of two trucks were seriously injured Saturday afternoon when their vehicles collided about 3 p.m. on Route 3.

According to State Police Trooper Shawn Porter, the investigating officer, George Grotten, 73, of Montville pulled his 1990 GMC pickup truck into the highway in front of a 2005 Freightliner tanker tractor trailer owned by Irving Oil. Francis Paradis, 65, of Northport was driving the tanker.

The collision left the front of the pickup nearly unrecognizable.

Both drivers were taken by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast. Grotten was transferred to Esatern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Police said they do not know the condition of the two men.

The accident happened on Route 3 just to the east of the intersection of Route 220. The tanker truck jackknifed after the impact and skidded into the parking lot of Scramco, a truck maintenance business, glancing off an iron truck and hitting a truck tractor parked in the parking lot.

The pickup truck’s battery was 20 feet away from the wreckage and glass and metal littered the roadway. The smell of diesel fumes hung heavy in the damp evening air. The Department of Transportation was notified to respond and help with the cleanup.

MSP Sgt. Thomas Ballard of Troop D in Thomaston assisted at the scene.



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