Guilford man impaled in chest by rafter after his vehicle plows through garage

Josh Parker, 27, of Guilford, was seriously injured Friday afternoon when his vehicle smashed into a garage on Route 150 and a rafter impaled his chest. Parker was taken to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft and then airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Photo courtesy of Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff
Josh Parker, 27, of Guilford, was seriously injured Friday afternoon when his vehicle smashed into a garage on Route 150 and a rafter impaled his chest. Parker was taken to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft and then airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Posted Sept. 02, 2011, at 9:56 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 03, 2011, at 10:45 a.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — A local man was impaled through the chest by a rafter Friday afternoon when he lost control of his pick-up truck and the vehicle smashed through a garage on Route 150.

Josh Parker, 27, was traveling toward Willimantic at about 4:30 p.m. when he apparently fell asleep and lost control of his 2002 Ford F150 pickup truck, according to Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. The truck crossed the road, struck a rock wall and plowed through a garage owned by Dick Panciera, he said. Parker’s truck also struck a car inside the garage and the impact forced the car into a tractor, according to Dow.

Parker, who was impaled by a rafter from the garage, was alive and conscious immediately after the accident, Dow said. Guilford firefighters helped to free Parker from the seat. He was taken by ambulance to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft and then airlifted by Lifeflight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. An EMMC nursing supervisor said she had no information on Parker late Friday night.

This was the second time in recent months that a Piscataquis County resident has been impaled. Rory Schmand of Dover-Foxcroft was impaled by a tree branch that dropped onto her vehicle in Sangerville in July. She is still hospitalized.

Dow said there was extensive damage to Panciera’s garage and vehicles. Parker’s truck also had significant damage.

Dow assisted Investigator Allen Emerson of the sheriff’s department. Also assisting was Investigator Jamie Kane.

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