Driver of tractor trailer spills load of lumber on Route 15

Posted May 14, 2010, at 2:18 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:59 a.m.

BIG MOOSE TOWNSHIP, Maine – A Canadian trucker carrying lumber from Maine to Quebec escaped injury Friday morning after he lost control of his tractor trailer on Route 15 and it flipped onto its side.

Benoit Lachance, 26, of St. Martin, Quebec, lost control of the Peterbilt tractor-trailer when his tires went into the soft shoulders as he was rounding a curve, according to Investigator Alan Emerson of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle snapped a utility pole in two before it ended up on its side and spewed its load of lumber into the ditch.

The truck was owned by Pierre Poulin of Quebec, Emerson said. He and other officers were on scene for most of the day waiting for a Canadian crew to arrive with a wrecker and a another tractor trailer on which to reload the lumber.

Trooper Phil Pushard of the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit was called to the scene to inspect the vehicle for any defects. Pushard said Friday that the vehicle had randomly been inspected by his unit in August 2009 and again in February 2010. Pushard found no violations Friday.

Emerson was assisted at the scene by the Greenville Police, Fire and Rescue Departments, the Charles A. Dean ambulance service, Central Maine Power Co. and Verizon.