SMYRNA, Maine — Two people were injured and a horse died early Monday morning after a tractor-trailer struck the horse, rolled and spilled its load of logs onto Route 2.
According to information released by Sgt. Brian Harris of the Maine State Police, David Tarr, 29, of Oakfield was driving a 2004 Peterbilt tractor with a loaded log trailer at 3:20 a.m. when he hit a horse that had wandered into the roadway.
The horse was owned by Earnest Kaufmann of Smyrna and had gotten out of its pasture.
Harris said Tarr attempted to swerve around the horse but was unable to do so, striking the animal and losing control of his truck.
The truck rolled onto its side, damaging the guardrail and losing its load onto the road.
Moments later, Harris reported, Wayne McGary, 62, of Houlton, driving a 1998 Nissan car, came across the accident and could not stop in time to avoid hitting the logs in the road. He skidded off the road and into the woods.
Tarr suffered cuts to his face and McGary reported some back pain, but neither man required medical treatment at the scene and both had been wearing their seat belts.
The horse died at the scene from injuries suffered in the accident. Both vehicles were declared total losses.
The roadway around the accident was closed for several hours as crews cleared the area of wreckage, removed the logs and cleaned up spilled diesel fuel.
Maine State Police Trooper Carman Lilley went to the accident scene.