Bald tires blamed in Brunswick rollover

Judy Long | BDN
Posted June 28, 2013, at 1:31 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Lisbon Falls man escaped serious injuries after crashing his pickup truck down a steep embankment late this morning along the Interstate 295 off ramp in Brunswick.

The crash was reported at about 10:25 a.m. Brunswick firefighters had a difficult time accessing the driver, Mason Smith, 19, of Lisbon Falls, who was trapped in the 2003 Ford 350 pickup truck. Firefighters, wading through water, used extrication tools to free Smith, who didn’t appear to have any serious injuries but was transported to Maine Medical Center as a precautionary measure. Several firefighters helped carry Smith up the wet, muddy embankment to the waiting stretcher once freeing him from the totaled, twisted truck.

Maine State Police Trooper Marvin Hinkley said Smith, the sole occupant of the truck, was transported for minor injuries, having sustained some cuts and bruises, which is a common procedure following a crash of this magnitude.

Hinkley said no one witnessed the crash, “so there’s no indication there was anything unusual about his operation and I suspect just from looking at [the truck] that the bald rear tires are what contributed to this.”

Smith was wearing his seatbelt, police say.

The driver of the responding wrecker truck reportedly fell off the truck and was transported to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

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