Driver falls asleep at wheel, hits tractor-trailer in Milo

Posted Feb. 25, 2011, at 2:14 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 25, 2011, at 5:35 p.m.

MILO, Maine — A Brownville woman who fell asleep while driving narrowly escaped serious injury Friday when her vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer truck loaded with pulpwood, police said.

Autumn Chadwick, 25, suffered minor scrapes and abrasions in the 6 a.m. accident on Route 16, according to Milo Police Chief Ken Williams.

Chadwick had spent the night with a friend and was heading home when she fell asleep, Williams said Friday. Her late-model Hyundai Elantra drifted into the oncoming lane into the path of a tractor-trailer truck operated by Daryl Finnemore, 56, of Brownville. The truck is owned by S.D.R. Logging Inc. of Sebec.

Finnemore “did everything he could to move the truck from the right lane to the left lane, and by doing that he probably saved her life,” Williams said.

Chadwick’s vehicle struck the passenger-side rear tire of the tractor and traveled down the entire side of the trailer, he said. Finnemore managed to keep his load intact, Williams noted.

Williams said Chadwick’s vehicle was demolished and the truck had minor damage. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident, he said.

Trooper Josh D’Angelo of the Truck Weight Division of the Maine State Police said Friday he summoned S.D.R. Logging Inc. for operating on a suspended registration.

Milo firefighters assisted at the scene.

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