Baileyville man injured in single-truck crash

Posted March 21, 2009, at 5:45 p.m.

BAILEYVILLE, Maine — A local man was treated for minor injuries and may face criminal charges after demolishing a pickup truck on Route 1 Friday night, according to the town police chief.

Joseph Huckins, 25, was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger north on the highway, known as Houlton Road, a few minutes after 9 p.m. when the accident occurred, Police Chief Philip Harriman said Saturday.

Harriman said the truck crossed the centerline of Route 1, struck a snowbank and rolled over. He said Huckins is suspected of driving over the speed limit and of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants. Witnesses told police Huckins passed several vehicles shortly before the accident happened, he said.

“He has not been charged at this point,” Harriman said.

Huckins, who was alone in the truck, had to be removed by emergency personnel and was taken to Calais Regional Hospital with abrasions and lacerations, according to the chief. He said Huckins was not believed to have been wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

“He was released [from the hospital] this morning,” Harriman said Saturday.

Harriman said the truck, which is registered to a local woman, was demolished in the accident.

The Baileyville ambulance and fire departments, Maine State Police and Washington County Sheriff’s departments all assisted at the scene, the chief said.

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