Logging truck loses load in Brewer

Workers clean up logs that fell from a logging truck onto North Main Street in Brewer  around 8:30 a.m. Monday, February 7, 2011.
Kate Collins | BDN
Workers clean up logs that fell from a logging truck onto North Main Street in Brewer around 8:30 a.m. Monday, February 7, 2011.
Posted Feb. 07, 2011, at 3:23 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 07, 2011, at 9:57 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — An unsecured load of logs rolled off a tractor-trailer early Monday, blocking traffic on North Main Street until a passing crane operator helped clean up the mess, Brewer police Cpl. Stephen Boyd said.

“Nobody was hurt and the road was shut down for about an hour,” he said. “The logs rolled off both sides of the truck.”

Douglas Blodgett, 48, of Charleston, who was driving for H.C. Haynes Inc. of Winn, was heading into Brewer around 8:30 a.m. when he lost control of his load in front of the Irving convenience store at the corner of State and North Main streets.

Shortly after the accident, Clifton McCullough of Dixmont, who works for One Steel Recycling of Bangor, was driving by in a modified pulp truck with a grappling hook crane that is used for metal recycling.

“I asked if he could give us a hand and he said, ‘No problem,’” Boyd said.

With the help of McCullough, the cleanup effort took just over an hour, Boyd said.

The roadway was reopened at 9:45 a.m. While the cleanup was under way, Brewer police diverted traffic to Chamberlain Street.

Maine State Police Trooper Phillip Pushard, who is part of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, charged H.C. Haynes with insufficient binding of forward movement, meaning the company did not have the load secured properly, he said.

The truck was heading to a paper mill in Jay, the trooper said.

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