Cement truck driver injured in Danforth rollover

Posted June 12, 2014, at 9:32 p.m.
Last modified June 12, 2014, at 10:22 p.m.

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DANFORTH, Maine — A Monticello man suffered minor injuries Thursday when the cement truck he was driving rolled over onto its side, trapping him inside.

The accident occurred about 12:35 p.m. in the vicinity of 305 Greenland Cove Road on the outskirts of Danforth, Washington County sheriff’s Deputy Steven Ramsey said Thursday night.

Ramsey said it appeared that Daniel McNinch, 60, was hauling a load of concrete to a home construction site for Houlton-based Steelstone Industries when he pulled the truck over to the edge of the narrow road to accommodate another motorist he encountered on a curve while traveling downhill.

Ramsey said the maneuver likely caused the concrete to shift, causing the truck to tip over onto the driver’s side.

“He was pinned in there pretty good,” Ramsey said.

Firefighters and other emergency responders from Danforth had to use hydraulic extrication tools to get McNinch out of the wreckage. They also had to cut down trees that were in the way of their efforts to free McNinch.

McNinch was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital for treatment, Ramsey said, adding that the driver had a good-sized lump on his head as well as an injury to his eye, among other injuries.

Ramsey said that because the truck was loaded with concrete it appeared that it would have to be removed from the accident scene in pieces using a crane.

Bangor Daily News writer Tim Cox contributed to this report.

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