Police still investigating logging truck accident that killed Jackman boy

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 15, 2011, at 5:11 p.m.

JACKMAN, Maine — Authorities have not yet concluded their investigation into the July 19 crash hat took the life of a 5-year-old boy.

Liam Mahaney had been asleep on a couch on the first floor of a two-story apartment building on U.S. Route 201 when a tractor-trailer driven by Christian Cloutier, 57, of Quebec struck two utility poles, flipped onto its side and spilled its load of tree-length logs against the home. The impact caused the second floor to collapse onto the first floor. Cloutier told police he had fallen asleep at the wheel.

“It’s a painstaking investigation and we’re trying to leave no stone unturned and I’m confident that’s what’s being done,” Somerset County District Attorney Evert Fowle said Monday.

Fowle declined to elaborate on the case or if the investigation has revealed that Cloutier had any prior driving infractions.

“I want to gather the evidence and information; we’re still checking with the Quebec authorities to get the records from there,” Fowle said. “We’re still gathering evidence and information and we’re not at a point where we can start making decisions yet.”

The 2011 Peterbilt truck and trailer driven by Cloutier and owned by D.A.N. Express of Quebec was heavily damaged and was impounded by police after the accident.

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