Sullivan man accidentally drives truck into water

Posted Nov. 10, 2010, at 5:18 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:06 p.m.

WINTER HARBOR, Maine — A Sullivan man escaped unharmed but his truck probably is ruined after he accidentally drove it into the water early Wednesday afternoon near Frazer Point, according to police.

Winter Harbor Police Chief Michael Walsh said Wednesday that Archie Rivers, 46, had pulled off Moore Road in his Ford pickup truck when the accident occurred around 1 p.m. Rivers had stopped to talk to his brother, who was in another vehicle, and was sitting in his truck facing Mosquito Harbor.

After they were done talking, Rivers stepped on the gas pedal to back up onto the road, according to Acadia National Park Ranger Bill Weidner, who was at the scene.

Rivers’ 2002 Ford F-250 was still in drive, however, instead of reverse. Rivers told police he was in the driver’s seat, facing backward over his shoulder, when the truck lurched forward, went down an embankment and into several feet of water, Weidner said.

“He went into the drink,” the ranger said. “He bailed out of it when it was in the water.”

According to Walsh, Rivers was unhurt, and the truck did not leak any fuel or fluids into the harbor. The accident occurred around high tide, leaving only the roof of the truck above the water when police arrived a few minutes later. Walsh estimated the water was around 7 feet deep where the truck came to rest.

Police waited a while for the tide to go back out so a wrecker could pull the truck out, Walsh said.

It was after 4 p.m. by the time the truck had been pulled out, the chief said. Rivers was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident and will not face any charges as a result of the mishap.

“It’s just one of those things,” Walsh said. “Rotten luck.”

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