BURNHAM, Maine — A Millinocket man escaped serious injury early Friday morning when a logging truck he was driving overturned on Interstate 95, according to police.
Maine State Police Trooper Sean Kinney said Joseph Paradis, 37, was heading southbound when a deer ran across the roadway near mile marker 142, causing him to swerve in an attempt to avoid the animal.
“He probably thought he had enough room to move around but he just misjudged a little bit,” Kinney said.
Kinney said once Paradis crossed into the median he tried to drive back onto the roadway but soft ground because of recent rains caused Paradis’ rig to roll over.
The truck blocked both southbound lanes, with logs spilling onto the median, causing police to shut down that part of the interstate completely about 5 a.m.
Kinney said the highway was reopened within a half hour and crews had the scene cleaned up by 9:30 a.m.
Paradis was driving a truck owned by Robin A. Crawford and Sons Co. out of Lincoln, and Kinney believes he was heading to the Fairfield mills.
Paradis complained of rib injuries at the scene and was taken to Sebasticook Valley Medical Center in Pittsfield for treatment, Kinney said. Paradis also suffered some cuts to his face.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.