MOSCOW, Maine — Five people were injured Thursday afternoon after a logging truck lost control and flipped over on Route 201 and its load careened onto an SUV in northern Somerset County, according to police.
Clyne Labree, 46, of Sebec was headed southbound in a rig owned by Gray’s Trucking of Milo when he apparently blew a tire coming around a corner and lost control around 3:30 p.m., Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office said.
The logs Labree was hauling subsequently spilled onto an SUV driven by Jean Baron, 62, of Quebec City, Lancaster said. Baron’s three passengers included an 11-month-old girl, the chief deputy said.
Michelle Doucet, 61, was Baron’s front-seat passenger, while Ammie Baron, 35, and 11-month-old Arielle Baron were in the back seat, Lancaster said. All three passengers are also from Quebec City.
All four occupants were trapped in the mangled SUV and had to be extricated by Bingham firefighters, according to Lancaster. None of their injuries were considered life-threatening.
“They’re extremely fortunate, this could’ve been a fatal,” the chief deputy said.
Baron was transported by LifeFlight from the scene to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, while his passengers and Labree were taken by ambulance to Redington-Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan before being transferred to EMMC, according to Lancaster.
Bingham and Jackman firefighters, along with a state police commercial unit, assisted at the scene, Lancaster said. The road was closed for several hours in the area while the scene was cleaned up.
The accident remains under investigation, Lancaster said.
“Right now there is an indication that the [truck] driver was driving a little too fast for that corner,” the chief deputy said.