June 22, 2018
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Charge pending after truck collision

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

OLD TOWN, Maine — Driver inattention was cited as the cause of a collision Thursday afternoon between a dump truck and a pickup truck.

The accident occurred about 3 p.m., when Margaret Francis, 52, of Old Town, who was driving south on Main Street in her pickup truck, ran a light at the Center Street intersection, traveling into the path of a dump truck driven by William Countryman, 39, of Greenfield, Sgt. Mike Hashey said.

Countryman, who was coming down a hill on Center Street, was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the pickup broadside, Hashey said.

“Basically, he T-boned her,” the officer said. “Luckily, the dump truck was empty. If it hadn’t been, it would have been much worse.”

Hashey said the fact that both drivers and a passenger in Francis’ pickup were wearing seat belts also worked in their favor.

Hashey said Countryman, Francis and her passenger, 53-year-old Donald Francis, also of Old Town, had minor injuries from the crash but did not require a trip to the hospital. He said they were checked out at the accident scene by Old Town emergency medical personnel.

Francis’ 1994 Ford pickup was demolished, while the dump truck Countryman was driving, which is owned by Sunset Development Inc., had about $9,000 in damage to its front end, Hashey said.

Hashey said a red light violation charge was pending for Francis.

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