Pittsfield man dies in crash of log truck

Posted Dec. 18, 2008, at 10 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:09 a.m.

CORINNA, Maine — A Pittsfield man died Thursday after the logging truck he was driving left the roadway and struck a maple tree.

Peter Taylor, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at about 2:20 p.m. on Dexter Road, which is part of Route 7, according to state police Trooper Trevor Snow.

Snow said Taylor was hauling a load of tree-length hardwood logs south when for an unknown reason he drifted off the roadway.

From there, his tractor-trailer traveled through a yard at 94 Dexter Road and into the yard at 90 Dexter Road, where it struck a large maple tree head-on, wrapping the tractor’s front end around it.

Snow said the tractor-trailer struck with such force that the load of logs shifted, crushing the cab against the tree. Peterson had to be extricated from the wreckage, he said.

Snow said the accident remains under investigation.

“We don’t know why he left the road,” the trooper said, adding that Taylor’s body was being taken to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy and that the accident was being reconstructed to determine what occurred.

The accident caused a section of Route 7 to be closed on and off throughout Thursday afternoon and evening to allow police to conduct their investigation and to allow the logs Taylor was hauling to be unloaded from the wrecked truck and put onto another truck.

Snow said Dexter police and Corinna firefighters assisted at the scene.

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