St. Albans man dies from injuries in Route 15 accident

Posted Sept. 15, 2011, at 5:50 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 16, 2011, at 7:17 p.m.

MONSON, Maine — A St. Albans man died Thursday night after being critically injured when his dump truck was struck by the trailer of a tractor-trailer that jackknifed on a sharp curve on Route 15.

Travis Butler, 37, of St. Albans had to be extricated from the vehicle by Greenville, Shirley, Monson and Guilford firefighters. He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after the 12:30 p.m. accident and was pronounced dead Thursday evening, according to Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.

Robert Bardwell, 59, of Fairfield had been traveling northbound in an empty tractor-trailer Thursday when he crested the curve and the trailer tipped sideways, shearing off a pin that held it to the tractor. The trailer collided with Butler’s southbound dump truck and crushed the cab, Dow said. Bardwell was not injured.

Traffic was tied up for several hours as firefighters worked to remove Butler and then to help the Department of Transportation clean debris from the roadway.

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Dow said the accident is under investigation and no charges have been filed. Troopers from the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit assisted at the scene, as did ambulances from C.A. Dean Hospital in Greenville and Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story stated an incorrect time when the accident occurred. The crash happened around 12:30 p.m., not 2 p.m.

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