Bucksport truck driver killed in rollover on Deer Isle causeway

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff
Posted April 11, 2011, at 12:50 p.m.

DEER ISLE, Maine — A Bucksport delivery truck driver was killed Monday morning in a rollover accident on the causeway between Deer Isle and Little Deer Isle.

Randy Allard, 43, died in the single-vehicle accident.  

According to a press release from Hancock County Sheriff William Clark, the accident occurred at about 11 a.m. Monday and was reported by another motorist. Allard was driving a box-style “bread delivery” van across the causeway when the vehicle went off the causeway. According to Clark, witnesses reported that Allard was traveling less than 40 mph at the time and that he either became distracted or a wind gust forced his vehicle to the side of the road.

Allard, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, was thrown from the vehicle, which rolled down an embankment and came to rest on top of him. First responders found Allard pinned beneath the delivery truck. Crews from Memorial Ambulance were unable to revive Allard, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators were at the scene of the accident for most of the day, and one lane on the narrow causeway was closed during much of that time. Traffic was able to keep moving in the other lane of the road, which is the only road off the island.  

Deputy Scott Kane of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is the primary investigator, and Deputy Jeff McFarland will reconstruct the accident under the supervision of Lt. Tim Cote. The deputies were assisted at the scene by officers from the Maine Marine Patrol and the Maine State Police and a crew from the Deer Isle Fire Department.

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/11/news/hancock/deer-isle-causeway-closed-due-to-accident/ printed on September 21, 2014