Dump truck driver dies in single-vehicle crash on Route 1

Posted June 21, 2012, at 5:36 p.m.
Last modified June 21, 2012, at 6:34 p.m.

NEWCASTLE, Maine — An Edgecomb man died Thursday in a single-vehicle crash involving a dump truck hauling a trailer, according to police.

Malcolm L. Giles, 72, died at the scene of the Route 1 accident, according to a press release from Sgt. Jason A. Nein, a crash reconstruction specialist for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

Dispatchers received several reports of the accident at about 12:10 p.m. Thursday. Responding officers found that an unloaded 2004 Peterbilt dump truck towing an empty trailer had left the roadway in the southbound lane between Sheepscot Road and a Reny’s warehouse. The truck struck a utility pole anchor wire and embankment before coming to rest against a group of trees.

An unknown amount of diesel fuel was spilled in the crash, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was at the scene Thursday afternoon cleaning it up. Members of the Newcastle Fire Department, Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service and commercial vehicle enforcement investigators from the Maine State Police also responded.

As a matter of protocol, a blood-alcohol sample will be taken by the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office for analysis, but there was no indication of alcohol involvement, according to the press release.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Nein and Lincoln County Deputy Brian Collamore. Investigators remained at the scene for most of the afternoon, but disruption to traffic along Route 1 was minimal.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story contained an error. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection was at the scene Thursday afternoon, not Friday afternoon, cleaning up an unknown amount of diesel fuel that was spilled in the crash.

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