Border traffic stalls 15 hours after trucks slide on highway

The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 22, 2008, at 9 p.m.

SANDY BAY TOWNSHIP, Maine — Officials say traffic was at a standstill for more than 15 hours Monday at the U.S.-Canada border in western Maine after two trucks blocked a state highway.

Robert Higgins of the Somerset County Emergency Management Agency said a logging truck jackknifed on Route 201 south of the border station in Sandy Bay Township late Sunday. A Maine Department of Transportation plow truck went off the road while attempting to get around the logging truck.

Higgins said the two trucks ended up blocking the road, preventing traffic from entering or leaving the country at the Sandy Bay station.

The trucks were removed from the road by late Monday afternoon, according to Ted Woo of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

Crews had to go two miles into the woods to get a crane that could unload the crashed logging truck and then take it to Dennistown Plantation, Higgins said.

Because DOT trucks could not get around the crash site, the 12 miles of Route 201 between Dennistown Plantation and the border crossing were not plowed Monday.

“It’s been a long, long day up there,” Higgins said Monday evening.

He said the traffic was flowing again between 5 and 6 p.m. after snow was plowed from the highway.

BDN writer Sharon Mack in Pittsfield and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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