2 hurt when pickup, tanker collide in Montville

Posted Nov. 09, 2008, at 9:38 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:16 a.m.

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

According to state police Trooper Shawn Porter, George Grotten, 73, of Montville pulled his 1990 GMC pickup truck onto the highway in front of a 2005 Freightliner tractor-trailer tanker owned by Irving Oil and driven by Francis Paradis, 65, of Northport.

The front of the pickup was nearly unrecognizable after the crash. Both vehicles were total losses, said Porter, who was the investigating officer.

The drivers were taken by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.

Grotten later was transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was listed in fair condition Sunday.

Waldo County General Hospital on Sunday said Paradis’ condition was stable and that he was sent home Sunday morning.

The accident happened on Route 3 just east of the intersection with 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 lot.

Parts of the pickup were dragged under the belly of the tanker.

The pickup truck’s battery lay on the ground 20 feet from the wreckage, and glass and metal littered the roadway. The odor of diesel fumes was heavy in the damp evening air. The Department of Transportation was notified to help with the cleanup.

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

Also assisting were fire departments from Montville, Liberty and Searsmont, and ambulances from Liberty, Searsmont and Belfast.

A LifeFlight helicopter was called to take Grotten to Bangor but could not make the flight because of the weather.

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