Modular home slides off trailer on Gorham rotary during rush hour

Posted Jan. 17, 2013, at 3:56 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 17, 2013, at 4:25 p.m.

GORHAM, Maine — A mobile home slid off its trailer on Route 114 on Thursday morning, tying up traffic during the morning rush hour, according to police.

Timothy Ricker, 47, was hauling a mobile home from Maine Modular Hauling LLC out of South Paris just before 8:30 a.m. when his load slid off while negotiating the Gorham rotary, said Gorham police Sgt. Dan Young.

“He was going a little bit too fast, and the trailer and the modular home wound up tipping onto the right side [of the rotary],” said Young.

Ricker was traveling southbound at the time of the accident, the sergeant said. The home didn’t come completely off the trailer but slid off enough so police had to close the road.

“We were able to move it to the park and ride location, which is just south of where the accident was,” Young said.

The sergeant said the rotary is set up so large trucks like the one Ricker was driving can ride onto the rotary’s inner circle to negotiate the turn.

The Maine State Police commercial vehicle enforcement team came out to assist Gorham police with the crash, Young said. Ricker was not injured in the accident.

The home Ricker was hauling suffered minor damage, the sergeant said. Traffic was backed up and rerouted for two hours while police cleared the scene, added Young.

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