Poland Spring trucker loses control of rig on icy road

Posted Dec. 23, 2013, at 9:24 a.m.

BALDWIN, Maine — A Poland Spring man escaped injury Sunday when he lost control of his tractor-trailer on an icy Route 113 in Cumberland County, police said.

David Nelson, 46, was negotiating a curve shortly before 2;30 p.m. when his water-tanker truck went off the side of the road and 360 feet into a ditch and rolled over, Capt. Don Goulet of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.

The impact crushed the cab around Nelson, but he was extricated within 30 minutes of the accident occurring, Goulet said.

Nelson was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland with injuries not considered life-threatening, the captain said.

Police believe speed or alcohol weren’t factors in the crash and charges are not anticipated. Route 113 was closed while Nelson was extricated and is expected to be closed again Monday as equipment arrives to remove Nelson’s truck.

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