Log truck accident closes part of Route 1 in Orient

Posted Jan. 27, 2014, at 3:57 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2014, at 8:10 p.m.

ORIENT, Maine — A tractor-trailer driver escaped serious injury Monday afternoon when his rig rolled over on U.S. Route 1 in Orient.

Joshua Fogg, 34, of Forest City was hauling a load of logs south on the snow- and ice-covered roadway around 1:30 p.m. when the accident happened, according to Maine State Police Sgt. Josh Haines.

Haines said Fogg was driving too fast for the slippery road conditions when he lost control of the 1999 Kenworth truck and the tractor-trailer rolled over. Poor tire conditions on the trailer also contributed to the crash, he said in a news release issued Monday evening.

HSP Logging in Danforth, which owns the truck, was charged with having five inadequate tires on the trailer, according to Haines.

Fogg suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. The truck and trailer were totaled.

Trooper Jared Sylvia investigated the crash and was assisted at the scene by Haines and the Danforth Fire Department.

Snow- and ice-covered roads made for slippery travel and a number of cancellations in Aroostook County on Monday afternoon.

Haines said that other crashes throughout The County were reported to state police during the day and he encouraged the public to drive with extreme caution during the winter months, when roads can be slick.

Aroostook County was under a winter weather advisory much of Monday with the forecast calling for 4-6 inches by the end of the day, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.