Log truck flips in Washington County wreck

Posted Dec. 18, 2009, at 9:35 p.m.

BIG LAKE TOWNSHIP, Maine — A fully loaded log truck tipped onto its side Friday morning on West Street, blocking traffic for several hours.

According to Deputy Dennis Dorsey of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Thomas Sprague, 58, of Weston, was traveling on West Street in the township near Princeton

about 8:45 a.m. Friday.

Sprague was traveling too fast when he headed into a sharp bend in the road, Dorsey said. The truck was overweight and was not properly secured, he said. When Sprague went around the curve, the load shifted and the truck rolled onto its side.

Sprague suffered minor head injuries in the accident. He was treated at the scene.

The accident spilled the load onto the road, blocking West Street. It took time to get a wrecker to the scene, right the truck, then reload the logs onto the truck, Dorsey said. West Street was closed to traffic for several hours, he said.

Most of the damage to the rig was on the passenger side of the cab and that was considered minor.