Steuben man killed in accident during wood delivery

Posted Nov. 15, 2009, at 10:40 a.m.

CHERRYFIELD, Maine — Forest Dale, Sr., 46, of Steuben was killed Saturday morning when he was crushed between the cab and the dump body of his delivery truck.

Dale was delivering a load of firewood to a home in Cherryfield about 11 a.m. when the accident occurred, according to Sgt. Timothy Tabbutt of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

In the process of attempting to raise the dump body on his 1-ton flatbed, Dale’s truck broke through an abandoned underground tank, Tabbutt said. The truck fell through all the way to its frame.

Dale, who had climbed under his truck to release the piston to dump the load of firewood, was caught between the cab and dump body when the truck fell and he was crushed.

Tabbutt said the tank was located behind a local home and was likely an abandoned septic tank.

Tabbutt was assisted at the scene by the Cherryfield Fire Department and Ambulance service.