Logging truck accident shuts down Route 11

Posted Dec. 02, 2013, at 4:42 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 02, 2013, at 8 p.m.

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MASARDIS, Maine — Both lanes of Route 11 between Masardis and Ashland were closed to traffic late Monday afternoon following a single-vehicle accident involving a loaded log truck.

The truck was traveling south on Route 11 around 12:30 p.m. Monday when the trailer slid and tipped over, spilling logs on the road and knocking down several telephone poles, according to Sgt. Jarad Carney of the Ashland Police Department.

The driver, Cleveland Richardson, 57, of Patten, was not injured, according to Ashland Police Chief Cyr Martin early Monday evening.

According to Martin, Richardson was negotiating a curve on Route 11 in a fully loaded logging truck belonging to H.C. Haynes, Inc. of Winn, when he lost control of the truck.

Martin said it had just begun to snow at the time and the roads were slippery.

Traffic was reduced to a single lane for much of the afternoon at the scene and closed completely for a while as trucks arrived to pick up the spilled logs.

By 5 p.m. traffic was being allowed through the scene on a stop-and-go basis, Martin said, as the logs were being cleared off the roadway. He said that work was expected to last through 6:30 p.m.

Drivers wanting to bypass the accident scene were being advised to use Garfield Road, which is accessible south of Ashland off Route 11 or north of the town just before Route 11 crosses the Aroostook River.

The accident was being investigated by the Ashland Police Department.

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