Report: Deputy rescues injured man from truck that rolled into river

Posted Dec. 10, 2013, at 6:57 a.m.

TURNER, Maine — An Androscoggin County deputy who was off duty and driving with his family pulled a man from a partially-submerged truck after the detective’s wife noticed tail lights in the Androscoggin River, according to a report from the Sun Journal.

Detective Kevin Nichols told the Sun Journal he was crossing the Twin Bridges from Leeds into Turner on Saturday night at around 10:30 when his wife thought she saw tail lights across the river. They crossed the bridge and found part of the guardrail missing, then saw a pickup truck at the bottom of a 50-foot embankment.

Nichols ran to the truck, which had its bed partially submerged and its cab up on land, and pulled the driver from the truck and up the embankment, he told the Sun Journal. The man appeared to have a head injury, he said.

Nichols told the paper he didn’t think his actions were “a lifesaving event.” However, the Sun Journal points out that temperatures were around the freezing range and the truck could have rolled further into the river.