June 23, 2018
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Delivery man killed by truck in Gouldsboro

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

GOULDSBORO, Maine — A delivery man was killed accidentally Wednesday afternoon at a local home when he was struck by a pickup truck and pinned between the truck and a garage, according to police.

Roland Coffin, 57, of Otis was delivering pellets to a home on Crowley Island road in the local village of Corea when the accident happened around 2:15 p.m., according to local police Chief Glenn Grant. Coffin was making a delivery for Viking Lumber, Grant said.

The owner of the pickup truck went to move it so the pellets could be transferred from the Viking Lumber truck to the bed of the pickup, but he had the pickup in reverse when he thought it was going to move forward, according to the chief. Coffin was behind the truck attempting to open the tailgate when the truck forcefully lurched backwards, striking Coffin and pinning him against a nearby garage.

“There was extensive damage to the garage,” Grant said.

Grant said first responders were called to the scene and administered CPR but were unable to revive Coffin.

“I really think it was sudden,” the chief said of Coffin’s death.

The incident is still under investigation, according to Grant, but he does not anticipate any charges being filed. Gouldsboro police have been assisted in the case by the Ellsworth Police Department, Maine State Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Grant said.

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