June 18, 2018
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Police still investigating death of harvest worker, 80

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

BRIDGEWATER, Maine — Police are still investigating an accident last week in which an 80-year-old woman was struck and killed by a potato truck.

State Police Sgt. Josh Haines said Monday that investigators are not yet ready to release more information about the death of Dorothy Rusby of Bridgewater, who died on Wednesday, Oct. 3, after being struck by a potato truck while working at a potato house.

Police believe Rusby had been working in the potato house at Snow Road Farms on Snow Road shortly before co-workers found her unresponsive in the yard that afternoon.

Police said Stephen Holmes, 47, of New Limerick, had arrived at the potato house a short time before to unload his 1994 Freightliner potato truck.

Haines said Holmes was unaware Rusby was nearby and didn’t see her as he pulled out of the potato house after unloading.

He struck her, and — unaware of what had happened — drove away, according to Haines.

Crown Ambulance responded to the scene but pronounced Rusby dead on arrival.

Haines said Monday that Rusby had worked for Snow Road Farms for a number of years, and employees told him that she always enjoyed working the harvest.

Rusby, who was from Massachusetts, moved to Maine in 1989. Her funeral took place in Monticello on Monday afternoon.

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