Multivehicle accident shuts down Washington County road for five hours

Posted June 22, 2012, at 3:28 p.m.

TOPSFIELD, Maine — A multivehicle accident shut down Route 6 southwest of Topsfield Friday morning for five hours, between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Maine State Police Trooper Jason Fowler said a one-vehicle crash scattered road debris, which was struck by a tractor trailer rig and a minivan, which went off the roadway, rolled over and struck a tree. Subsequently, an eastbound trucking hauling wood chips struck live power lines in the roadway and its cargo of chips caught fire. That rig, Fowler said, was a total loss.

“There were no serious injuries,” Fowler said. “The driver of the van had some cuts and abrasions and was taken to the hospital in Calais. The driver of the chip truck had some minor scrapes when he jumped from the cab to avoid electrocution. Everyone involved was very lucky. It could have been much, much worse.”

Fowler said Maine State Police were assisted at the scene by Indian Township Police, the Calais Fire Department, Lincoln Ambulance and the Maine DOT.