Two injured when car hits dump truck in Levant

Posted Dec. 24, 2011, at 12:45 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 25, 2011, at 4:15 p.m.

LEVANT, Maine — An accident on Union Street between a car and a dump truck sent two local men to the hospital late Friday afternoon.

William Walker, 72, and Tyler Closson, 23, both of Levant, were treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and then released, a nursing supervisor said Saturday.

Walker was driving his 2001 Chevrolet Impala west on Union Street shortly before 5 p.m. Friday when he struck the rear of a dump truck being driven by Closson, according to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office. The truck is owned by Levant Landscaping.

Walker tried to avoid the truck but was unable to, Deputy Ed Toulouse said Saturday. The driver’s side of the Impala hit the truck, then the car went off the road and stopped in a field. Walker, who suffered leg and back injuries, was pinned in his car and had to be extricated.

Closson had his turn signal on and was braking to turn into his driveway when his truck was struck from behind. He complained of back pain, according to Toulouse.

Walker’s wife, Sharon Walker, 67, of Levant, and a juvenile female relative were passengers in the Impala. Neither was injured.

The Impala was demolished. Information about the extent of the damage to the dump truck was not available Saturday.

Toulouse said that speed was a factor in the accident but no charges would be filed.

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