Truck driven by Oakfield man involved in fatal NH accident had multiple brake violations

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 24, 2013, at 3:15 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An inspection report filed by state police indicates that a tractor-trailer truck involved in a fatal accident in New Hampshire last week should not have been on the road.

Maine State Police’s Commercial Vehicles unit indicated that a rig operated by Alan Condon, 51, of Oakfield had multiple brake defects in violation of safety codes. The truck is owned by Crawford Homes Inc. of Houlton.

Condon was traveling on Interstate 93 in Hooksett, N.H., on Sept. 18, when a faulty bearing in a wheel hub caused a wheel-tire assembly to fall off his truck.

The assembly subsequently ricocheted off a marked cruiser operated by the New Hampshire state police chief and into the windshield of Kelly Anderson-Baker, 40, of Concord, N.H.

The impact killed Anderson-Baker instantly. Maine troopers located Condon and his vehicle on Interstate 95 in Newport later that day.

Condon, who was hauling a modular home, has not been charged in connection with the accident.

According to the inspection report, Condon’s truck had numerous brake violations, including inadequate brakes for safe stopping and improper emergency brakes.

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