Tractor-trailer rolls into ditch on Route 201

Posted May 06, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
Last modified May 06, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.

SOLON, Maine — A Quebec man escaped injury Monday morning when the tractor-trailer he was driving rolled off Route 201 in Somerset County, according to police.

Martial LaChance, 38, was heading south around 5:10 a.m. in the town of Solon when he lost control, Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office said.

The accident occurred along Robbins Hill near a Scenic Outlook, Lancaster said, and the southbound lane is two lanes along that stretch of road.

“The tractor-trailer had moved over into the slower lane and got its trailer wheels caught in the soft dirt,” Lancaster said. “The driver couldn’t recover.”

LaChance’s trailer rolled and flipped into a ditch. The impact also sent the tractor into the ditch, Lancaster said. LaChance was not traveling at a high rate of speed and did not require a trip to the hospital, the chief deputy said.

LaChance was hauling wood at the time of the crash, some of which rolled into the ditch but none of it went into the road, Lancaster said. The truck, owned by Raymond Tardif Transport out of St. Aurele, Quebec, was destroyed.

LaChance was wearing his seat belt, Lancaster said. Somerset County sheriff’s deputy Richie Putnam and Solon firefighters responded. The scene was cleared in about two hours.

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