DIXFIELD, Maine — Damage was estimated at more than $100,000 to an 18-wheeler hauling more than 15 tons of rolled paper that veered off Route 2 in Monday evening’s snowstorm, police said.
Adnan Ahmad, 25, of Ontario, who was driving west in the tractor-trailer, escaped injury when he lost control at 6:30 p.m. on the icy road, Dixfield police Sgt. Jeff Howe said at the scene Tuesday morning.
The 2005 Freightliner veered off the road on a slight curve and traveled several feet before the trailer rolled onto its side.
A spring snowstorm that began earlier in the afternoon had covered roads with icy slush by 6:30 p.m., when the accident occurred opposite M/T Pockets Towing and Repair.
“It was slippery, and I think the guy was going a little too fast for the conditions,” Howe said.
On Tuesday morning, an M/T Pockets crew used a tow truck to unload seven rolls of paper cargo weighing more than 2 tons each from the trailer before attempting to right the rig.
M/T Pockets crewman Dave Hodgson said the rolls of paper all piled into the forward end of the trailer, one atop the other.
The rig is owned by Multiline Transport Ltd. of Toronto.
Howe estimated damage to the demolished rig itself at more than $100,000. He said the cab was intact on the outside, but its frame was twisted. Additionally, he said there likely was damage inside the cab.
Howe also said the rolls of Sappi paper may have fractured inside their protective wrapping because of the force of slamming against each other.
Traffic on Tuesday was slowed in the area for the recovery work and would be shut down while an attempt was made to right the rig.
Dixfield firefighters stood by to handle traffic and any fluid leakage.
Howe said the accident was one of several that night as many cars slid off icy roads, keeping police and responders busy.
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