Worker hurt when trailer breaks apart

Posted Jan. 12, 2010, at 8:59 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — A worker tearing down a mobile home at Highland Trailer Park on Meadow Street was nearly buried or crushed Tuesday when the home suddenly collapsed, police said.

Lee Roberts, age unknown, of Lincoln, suffered heavy bruising to his knees and back, and other bumps and cuts, when the trailer he was dismantling collapsed. Roberts was in the process of removing the aluminum siding, Officer Jeff Rice said.

“It just came down and kind of hit him in the lower back,” Rice said Tuesday.

The exact time of the collapse was not immediately available. Firefighters were called to the scene at about 2:30 p.m. because Roberts’ co-workers reported that they hadn’t heard from him in about two hours, Rice said.

Police found Roberts near the trailer, which totally collapsed under a layer of snow. Neat piles of siding, heating pipes and wood studs were alongside it.

“It was an old trailer and the snow wasn’t cleared off of its roof at all,” Rice said. He surmised that the siding removal combined with the weight of the snow to bring down the roof.A Penobscot Valley Hospital ambulance took Roberts to the Lincoln hospital for treatment, firefighters said. He was expected to be released by late Tuesday night.

The trailer park is in a low-lying area off Route 6, Wausau Circle — which on some maps is still listed as Highland Avenue Extension — and Field Street, less than a mile north of Mattanawcook Lake.

One Meadow Street resident, 28-year-old Rebecca Tardif, was surprised to return home from running errands at about 3 p.m. and see firetrucks blocking her street.

“He actually got me up this morning at about 8:30 with his banging,” she said. “He was tearing apart the walls and then I went to lay down at about 12:30. When I woke up again, the guy was nowhere to be found. I thought he might have gone on lunch.”

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