Quebec trucker suffers minor injuries after rig overturns on Route 201

Posted May 16, 2013, at 2:02 p.m.

MOSCOW, Maine — A Quebec truck driver escaped major injury Thursday morning after his rig overturned on Route 201, police said.

Reges Vaellux, 33, was driving south near the Baker Mountain Ski Area shortly before 9 a.m. when he failed to handle an S-curve and struck a guardrail, causing his truck to tip over, according to Deputy Chief Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Vaellux, who was hauling a box unit containing hardwood flooring, suffered lacerations to his abdomen area and was transported to Redington-Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan for non-life threatening injuries, Lancaster said.

The impact of the crash caused Vaellux’s load to go over a steep embankment, Lancaster said.

Traffic has been reduced to one lane.

The tractor-trailer owned by Les Transport Jean Francois of Quebec was demolished in the crash, along with the box unit. Cpl. Eugene Cole of the sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by state police, Bingham firefighters and Upper Kennebec Valley Ambulance.

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