Oakland trucker killed after truck rolls into him at Skowhegan Pizza Hut

Posted Oct. 28, 2013, at 2:39 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A man was killed at the Pizza Hut in Skowhegan on Monday morning after the truck he was driving rolled across the parking lot as he was walking into the restaurant. The truck then hit the door of the restaurant, damaging the building, police said.

Michael Morin, 59, of Oakland died at Redington-Fairview Hospital after one of the tires on his rig rolled over him, Skowhegan police Chief Ted Blais said.

Morin, who was hauling a load of logs for a firewood company he owns, had stopped at the Skowhegan Pizza Hut on Route 201 for lunch when the accident happened, according to Blais. It wasn’t clear where Morin was heading with his load.

“As he was getting closer to the doors, his truck hit him and then struck the building,” Blais explained. He said the truck rolled down a slight grade in the restaurant parking lot.

Blais noted the accident could have been far more catastrophic had the restaurant’s low roof not stopped the truck’s cab.

“It could’ve made its way to the cooking area,” Blais said. No other injuries were reported, the police chief added.

Morin was transported to Redington-Fairview by ambulance where he was pronounced dead. A State Police team is examining the truck to determine if it had any mechanical issues.

Blais said its likely a temporary wall will be constructed at the Pizza Hut. Skowhegan police, state police and Skowhegan firefighters responded to the scene.

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