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Truck narrowly avoids mobile home in accident

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN
A 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck nearly struck a mobile home on Route 1 in Hancock around 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2012. No significant injuries or damage was reported as a result of the accident. The truck did destroy several plants and small trees as it sped off the road and through a neighboring yard before coming to rest inches away from the mobile home.
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

HANCOCK, Maine — A Milbridge man lost control of a pickup truck and nearly struck a mobile home off Route 1 Tuesday afternoon but there were no significant injuries or damage as a result of the accident, according to Maine State Police.

Paul Martin, 78, was driving a 2006 Ford Ranger east on the highway shortly after 1 p.m. when he attempted to turn right into a driveway, Trooper Chris Smith said. Martin may have accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, the trooper said, because the vehicle sped into the roadside drainage ditch and then through a neighboring yard before it bore down on the mobile home.

Smith said the truck did not appear to actually strike the mobile home, but it came within inches of doing so. The truck drove over a bush just outside a window of the home, along with a few others between the driveway and the house.

Smith said Martin appeared to have been wearing a seat belt. The driver’s side airbag deployed during the accident. The trooper said the truck sustained some minor front-end damage.

“I’m being told he had no injuries,” Smith said of the driver.

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