June 19, 2018
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Truck overturns in Whiting, spills load of herring

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

WHITING, Maine — A truck carrying herring overturned on a sharp curve near the intersection of Routes 189 and 1 in Whiting early Saturday, spilling its cargo and injuring the driver.

According to Maine State Police Trooper Andrew Foss, the driver of the truck blew a tire as he drove through the curve, causing the truck to flip onto its side.

About 22,000 pounds of lobster-bait herring tumbled out alongside the road, and the truck owned by D.C. Airfreight of Winter Harbor had $25,000 in damage.

The driver, Royce Jordan, 44, of Franklin, was taken to Down East Community Hospital with leg injuries.

Foss said the road was closed for several hours to clean up the spilled fish and remove the truck.

No charges will be filed, Foss said.

The trooper was assisted at the scene by the Whiting Fire Department and the Department of Marine Resources.

This is the third time a fish truck has dumped its load in Esther MacLaughlin’s front yard, her daughter Robin McPhail said Saturday.

“It is a really bad corner and many accidents have happened there,” McPhail said.

The crash in Whiting was the second accident of this type in Washington County in just more than a week. On July 23, a tractor-trailer overturned on Route 9 in Alexander and spilled its entire cargo of herring. The driver in that crash was uninjured.

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