April 22, 2018
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Skateboarding boy, 11, runs into tractor-trailer in Bangor

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An 11-year-old boy escaped with only minor injuries late Thursday morning after he ran into a tractor-trailer while skateboarding on Finson Road, police said.

The boy, whose name police would not release because he is a juvenile, was skateboarding near the intersection of Finson and Deer Isle roads when he struck the side of a truck driven by Ron Strout, owner of C.A. Strout & Sons of Bangor.

“Luckily he didn’t go underneath it,” said Strout, who was hauling a load of gravel to the company’s Finson Road headquarters. “If he would’ve gone under there, it would have been a lot more gruesome.”

Strout said the boy had headphones on while he was skating and that a friend tried to warn the boy the truck was coming.

Strout saw the boy zigzagging in the road on his skateboard and said he immediately slammed on his brakes.

After the boy hit the truck, he was sitting up on the grass and alert, and “wanted to leave and go home,” Strout said.

The boy suffered cuts and bruises in the accident and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment, according to Bangor police Officer Dennis Townsend.

“The juvenile involved doesn’t appear to have life-threatening injuries,” Townsend said.

Townsend said the boy is “very fortunate” not to have been injured more seriously, given “that he was wearing headphones and not paying attention to where he was going.”

Police remained on the scene Thursday afternoon reconstructing the accident, Townsend said.

Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said later Thursday that no charges will be filed in connection with the accident.

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