Truck loaded with potatoes crashes, dumps spuds after avoiding moose in highway in Richmond

A truck fully loaded with potatoes and bound for Connecticut swerved to avoid a moose, according to police, and crashed in Richmond. The impact broke the trailer in half, spilling the potatoes.
Maine Department of Public Safety
A truck fully loaded with potatoes and bound for Connecticut swerved to avoid a moose, according to police, and crashed in Richmond. The impact broke the trailer in half, spilling the potatoes.
A truck fully loaded with potatoes and bound for Connecticut swerved to avoid a moose, according to police, and crashed in Richmond. The impact broke the trailer in half, spilling the potatoes.
Maine Department of Public Safety
A truck fully loaded with potatoes and bound for Connecticut swerved to avoid a moose, according to police, and crashed in Richmond. The impact broke the trailer in half, spilling the potatoes.
Posted May 28, 2014, at 8:04 a.m.

RICHMOND, Maine — A truck loaded with potatoes crashed Tuesday night after swerving to avoid a moose in the southbound lane of Interstate 295 in Richmond.

The driver, Marc Benoit, 63, of Hampden, Mass., suffered minor leg injuries, according to a release from Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Benoit was treated at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

The truck, operated by AJA GO Transportation, veered off the highway into the median area, where it traveled several hundred feet before striking an embankment, according to McCausland. The impact broke the box portion of the truck in half, spilling the load.

The vehicle was headed from northern Maine to Connecticut, according to McCausland.

The crash was reported at 10:17 p.m.

 

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