Phillips man injured when pickup, logging truck collide in Oxford County

Robert &quotBob" Thorndike, 56, of Phillips was injured Wednesday when his pickup truck collided with one of his logging trucks on ice-covered Morton Cut-Off Road in Lower Cupsuptic Township in northern Oxford County, Maine State Police Trooper Jason Wing said Thursday.
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Robert "Bob" Thorndike, 56, of Phillips was injured Wednesday when his pickup truck collided with one of his logging trucks on ice-covered Morton Cut-Off Road in Lower Cupsuptic Township in northern Oxford County, Maine State Police Trooper Jason Wing said Thursday.
Posted Jan. 09, 2014, at 10:30 p.m.

LOWER CUPSUPTIC TOWNSHIP, Maine — A Phillips man remained at a Lewiston hospital Thursday with injuries he received when his pickup truck collided with one of his logging trucks Wednesday morning in this northern Oxford County township, Maine State Police Trooper Jason Wing said.

Rob Thorndike said his father, Robert “Bob” Thorndike, 56, of Phillips, is OK. He has some broken bones in the hip area and was waiting Thursday morning to see an orthopedic surgeon at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, he said.

Wing said an empty logging truck owned by Robert Thorndike’s company, Thorndike & Sons of Strong, was driving out of on ice-covered Morton Cut-Off Road to get repairs. At the same time, Bob Thorndike was driving in to check the job site.

The logging truck driven by Kenneth Thomas, 47, of Phillips was unable to get out of the ice ruts. Thorndike was also trying to get out of the ruts but couldn’t, Wing said.

The empty trailer of the logging truck ran over the front end of the pickup, he said.

The logging truck was pulled out of the way and workers tried to pull Thorndike out but could not do it, he said. They waited for Rangeley Fire Rescue Department to arrive and cut the truck to get him out.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was the first law enforcement officer on the scene.

The road is located near the state Forest Ranger Station on Route 16, he said.

Wing, who works for Troop B out of Gray, said it took him 70 minutes to get to the site.

Trooper Bernard Campbell with the Maine Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit and Trooper David Powser also assisted in the investigation.

Drugs, alcohol and speed were not factors, just the road condition, he said.

Thorndike was taken by a NorthStar EMS ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington before being transported to CMMC.

 

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