Investigation of fatal logging truck accident in Jackman continues

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted July 25, 2011, at 5:34 p.m.

JACKMAN, Maine — Charges had not been filed as of Monday in the case of a Canadian truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel last week and crashed his rig, loaded with logs, against a house on U.S. Route 201, killing a 5-year-old boy who was sleeping on a couch.

Somerset County Assistant District Attorney Brent Davis said Monday afternoon that the case remains under investigation.

Liam Mahaney died early July 19 when the tractor-trailer operated by Christian Cloutier, 57, of Quebec dumped its load of tree-length logs into the house, which caused the second floor to collapse onto the first.

Cloutier informed police he fell asleep at the wheel and struck a pair of utility poles before his rig flipped onto its side and against the two-story house rented by Gary and Christine Mahaney and another family.

Christine Mahaney, the boy’s mother, was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan with injuries that were not life-threatening. She was no longer a patient there on Monday afternoon, a nursing supervisor said.

Cloutier was transported to the Jackman Health Center and subsequently transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was no longer a patient there on Monday, a nursing supervisor said.

The 2011 Peterbilt truck and trailer, owned by D.A.N Express of Quebec, received heavy damage and was impounded for further inspection.

Donations to help the Mahaney family are being accepted, and they can be forwarded to the Mahaney Benefit Fund, Skowhegan Savings Bank, P.O. Box 141, Jackman 04945.

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