Small pickup turns into lane of 18-wheeler in Alexander, passenger injured

Posted March 04, 2014, at 9:44 p.m.

ALEXANDER, Maine — The driver of a small Ford pickup truck traveling on the Airline Tuesday afternoon got into trouble when he suddenly decided to turn into the path of a tractor-trailer, Trooper Chad Lindsey of the Maine State Police said.

The collision occurred just after 4 p.m. at the junction of Route 9 and the Cooper Road and resulted in only minor injuries, but both vehicles were towed, the trooper said.

“A small pickup truck was in the right lane of Route 9 and an 18-wheeler was passing him,” Lindsey said. “The driver decided he needed to turn onto Cooper and he made the turn, directly in front of the 18-wheeler.”

Glenn Slicer, 58, of Columbia Falls was driving the 2001 Ford Ranger that drove into the path of William Decelle, 51, driving for PS Marston Associates of North Hampton, N.H.

“He’s actually OK but his passenger was taken to the hospital,” the trooper said.

Gale Tibbetts, 44, was taken to Calais Regional Hospital for minor injuries that were not life-threatening, he said.

The big rig’s driver was very relieved that the people in the small pickup were not seriously injured.

“I was like five minutes away and when I got there he was still breathing heavy,” Lindsey said. “He was sure [someone was dead].”

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