Service van crashes in LaGrange, prompts DEP response

Posted Sept. 06, 2011, at 5:51 p.m.

LaGRANGE, Maine — A utility van for a forklift service company crashed Tuesday morning on Bennoch Road, prompting a response from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

There was no serious chemical or fuel spill, according to officials.

“The initial responders didn’t know exactly what was in the vehicle, so they called us as a precaution,” said DEP spokeswoman Samantha DePoy-Warren. “Luckily, our services weren’t much needed, which is a good thing.”

The Northland Industrial Truck Co. van, driven by Brad Tutt, 38, of LaGrange, “left the road, hit a stand of trees and landed on its side,” said Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Patty McLaughlin.

Tutt was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor in stable condition, McLaughlin said.

Police shut down the road at around 8:30 a.m. and it was closed for several hours, according to McLaughlin.

DePoy-Warren said the DEP team found propane cylinders with minor leaks and overturned propane and hydraulic fluid containers.

The DEP stopped the propane leak, cleaned up the small amount of fluid that leaked around the van and left the scene around 1:30 p.m., according to DePoy-Warren.

McLaughlin said Tutt may face charges in the crash pending a blood-alcohol test.

“There is an indication that alcohol was involved,” she said.

She said it would take a week or two for the results of the test to come back so the cause of the accident can be determined.

Northland sells and services forklifts and lift trucks in the Northeast. It has a service facility in Lewiston and Tutt is a service technician for the company, according to Northland General Manager Josh Thomas.

“[Tutt has] been here for quite a while,” Thomas said. “He handles all our calls up there, and he’s been a great employee.”

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