Rockport man hospitalized after tractor-trailer flips on top of him

Posted May 29, 2012, at 12:32 p.m.
Last modified May 29, 2012, at 1:14 p.m.

DIXMONT, Maine — A midcoast man escaped life-threatening injuries early Tuesday morning when he lost control of his tractor-trailer on Route 7, according to police.

Mark Wallace, 55, of Rockport was hauling what Deputy Ed Toulouse called a “fertilizer-type substance” toward Newport when his front wheel went into the shoulder of the road, causing him to lose control.

The truck, a 2011 Freightliner, eventually came to rest on the passenger side, according to Toulouse. The impact of the rollover ejected Wallace from the truck, which landed on his left shoulder, pinning him to the ground.

Wallace’s rig also clipped a Central Maine Power utility pole, causing power lines to fall on top of the truck, according to Toulouse. Officials shut off the electricity so emergency personnel could free Wallace.

Wallace was freed after about a half an hour, the deputy said, and was transported to Eastern Maine Medical center for injuries considered serious but not life-threatening. Toulouse said it’s possible a medical condition was a factor in the crash, but authorities are still investigating a cause.

Wallace’s truck was demolished in the crash while the trailer he was hauling was salvageable, Toulouse said. The deputy added Wallace was en route to the greater Newport area “to drop off fertilizer to various farmers.”

State police and the Department of Environmental Protection also responded to the scene, while CMP officials are working to restore electricity.