April 22, 2018
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Woman, child hit logging truck head-on but suffer no injuries

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

SEARSPORT, Maine — Despite their vehicle colliding head-on with an 18-wheeler loaded with logs Tuesday morning on Route 1, a Searsport woman and her 8-year-old son suffered no injuries in the accident.

“It could have been bad,” Police Chief Richard LaHaye said.

Janet Littlefield, 38, and her son were heading east through town at 8:37 a.m. in a 2005 Ford Escape behind another vehicle when the crash happened, LaHaye said.

“She braked for that vehicle and when she did, she hit a patch of ice and lost control,” LaHaye said.

The accident happened near Rollie’s II in downtown Searsport, where the speed limit is 25 mph.

Littlefield’s SUV crossed the centerline and traveled into the path of a tractor-trailer truck driven by John Stratton, 76, of Mattawamkeag.

“The truck actually hit her, virtually head-on, and spun her around,” LaHaye said.

The impact of the crash crumpled the front end of the Ford Escape, but both air bags deployed and Littlefield and her son were shaken up but uninjured, the police chief said.

“People were going the speed limit and everyone was wearing their seat belts,” LaHaye said.

Littlefield and her son were checked at the scene by personnel with the Searsport Ambulance Service and then released.

Stratton had a cut over his left eye, and he was treated at the scene.

Members of the Searsport Fire Department also went to the crash scene, LaHaye said, and rescue crews closed one lane of Route 1 for about 10 minutes. Traffic was rerouted through the parking lot of Rollie’s.

He estimated that the Escape had about $6,500 in damage. The logging truck had virtually no damage at all, LaHaye said, and the logs remained secured during the collision.

“It worked out pretty well,” the chief said.

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