October 18, 2019
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Truck recovered after rolling into Androscoggin River while driver uses restroom

Jose Leiva | Sun Journal
Jose Leiva | Sun Journal
Detective Brian Smith, left, and Craig MacMillan, center, of the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department watch with diver Carl Olsen as a Ford pickup truck is recovered from the Androscoggin River at the Center Bridge boat launch in Turner on Sunday.

TURNER, Maine — A man’s truck rolled into the Androscoggin River early Sunday morning when he stopped to use the portable restroom at a boat launch in Turner.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the turn of events that led to a 2001 Ford F150 owned by Michael Bell, 36, of Leeds, rolling into the river at the boat launch on Center Bridge Road in Turner.

According to the sheriff’s office, the incident was reported at 1:13 a.m. Sunday, but crews weren’t able to retrieve the vehicle until 10:51 a.m. that same morning.

A salvage diver located the vehicle in about 15 to 20 feet of water. It is not known at this time what caused the truck to roll into the river. No one was injured in the accident.

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