Cambridge residents want fix for sharp curve where accident occurred

Posted Aug. 25, 2011, at 11:19 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 25, 2011, at 7:15 p.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Maine — Local residents are expected to attend the planning board meeting tonight to discuss moving the grange hall at the sharp curve where a tractor-trailer went off the road earlier this week or to ask that the state do something to improve safety in the area.

The driver of the rig, which was loaded with logs, failed to negotiate the sharp curve at the intersection of Routes 150 and 152 in Cambridge and crashed into the Cambridge General Store early Tuesday morning, causing extensive damage to the store.

The driver of the rig, John Watson, 51, of Solon, told Deputy Don Avery of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department that the curve “snuck up on him” because it was very foggy at the time of the 4 a.m. crash. Watson said he couldn’t see the corner very well and when he did see it, it was too late, according to Avery. The tractor-trailer went off the pavement, flipped onto its side and slid into the building.

The load of logs struck the building, crushed a 1999 Jeep and damaged another vehicle in the yard.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Cambridge town office.

Watch for more updates throughout the day.