April 23, 2018
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Oil truck rolls over in Thorndike, closes one lane of Route 220

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

THORNDIKE, Maine — A crew worked Monday to siphon oil out of a fuel truck that rolled over at 9 a.m., blocking one lane of Unity Road and reportedly trapping the driver for a period of time.

The Thompson’s Oil Co. truck was delivering No. 2 heating fuel to a customer when it tipped over — along with its 2,700 gallons of fuel, according to Waldo County Emergency Management Agency Director Dale Rowley. Fortunately, none of the heating oil spilled, he said. Unity Road is also Route 220.

Rowley did not know why the vehicle turned over but said he heard that the driver had been trapped in the truck and that a crew from the Unity Fire Department had to get him out.

Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said the driver was out of the vehicle and complaining of shoulder pain by the time a deputy arrived.

Other employees of Thompson’s Oil came to the accident site to siphon the heating fuel from the truck, Rowley said. Maine Department of Environmental Protection staff also helped at the scene.

“Once they have the truck empty, they will have a towing truck out there to right it,” Rowley said Monday morning.

Although the heating fuel didn’t spill, the accident did leave some residue on the ground.

“I suspect it was probably part of the truck,” Rowley said.

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