September 21, 2019
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Investigation continues in fatal logging truck accident in Jackman

JACKMAN, Maine — No charges have yet been filed against a Canadian driver who fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his tractor-trailer loaded with logs against a house on U.S. Route 201, killing a 5-year-old boy asleep on a couch.

Somerset County District Attorney Everett Fowle said Wednesday the case still is under investigation.

Liam Mahaney was killed early Tuesday morning when the tractor-trailer spilled its load of tree-length logs into the house, causing the second floor to collapse onto the first floor, according to Lt. Carl Gottardi II of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

Driver Christian Cloutier, 57, of Quebec, who told police that he fell asleep, struck two utility poles before his vehicle flipped onto its side and against the house rented by Gary and Christine Mahaney and another family, according to Gottardi. Cloutier was taken by ambulance to the Jackman Health Center after the accident and then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Cloutier was listed in fair condition Wednesday, a nursing supervisor said.

The other five occupants of the house were taken to the Jackman Health Center for treatment and all but one was released on Tuesday. The child’s mother, Christine Mahaney, was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Gottardi. A nursing supervisor said she had no comment Wednesday on Mahaney’s condition.

The 2011 Peterbilt truck and trailer owned by D.A.N. Express of Quebec was heavily damaged and was impounded for further inspection.

Friends have started a benefit fund to help the Mahaney family. Donations can be forwarded

to the Mahaney Benefit Fund, Skowhegan Savings Bank, P.O. Box 141, Jackman 04945.

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