HERMON, Maine — A Stetson man on his way home from night classes in Bangor escaped serious injury Monday night after a large tree limb crashed onto the hood of his 2008 GMC extended cab pickup truck.
The accident happened about 9:12 p.m., Deputy Jay Hallett of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday. Hallett said Roy Jordan, 49, was driving on Union Street in Hermon when just beyond the hill near Butler’s Garage, a large tree limb fell across the road, landing on Jordan’s truck and causing its airbags to deploy.
The downed limb also brought power and cable lines to the ground as it fell, causing outages on one side of Union Street.
“It basically came down across the front of his hood and flattened [the front part of] his cab,” Hallett said.
“I actually heard it happen,” the deputy said, adding that the loud crash sounded “like a pickup hauling a flatbed going over railroad tracks.”
Weather conditions at the time were “clear and cool and quite windy,” he said.
The branch, he said, was large enough to span both travel lanes. It broke off from an even larger tree across the street from where Jordan’s truck was driving.
Hallett said Jordan was able to make his way out of the truck on his own volition. While the motorist was shaken, the only injury he incurred was a cut on his right hand.
Had Jordan been driving faster, Hallett said, “this could easily have been a fatal.”
Hallett said a section of Union Street was closed for about 45 minutes as crews from Central Maine Power and the town of Hermon’s Public Works Department cleared the scene.