June 23, 2018
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Phillips man hospitalized after pickup collides with logging truck

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

CUPSUPTIC TOWNSHIP, Maine — A Phillips man was taken to the hospital Thursday morning when his pickup truck collided with a logging truck in Franklin County, according to police.

Robert Thorndike, 56, was traveling along the Morton Cutoff Road around 10 a.m. when he lost control on the icy road and struck a rig driven by Kenneth Thomas, 47, of Phillips, according to state police Trooper Jason Wing.

Thomas’ trailer was empty at the time of the accident, Wing said.

The trooper added the icy road caused both drivers to lose traction. Thorndike’s pickup had severe front-end damage.

Thorndike was trapped in the vehicle but was extricated by Rangeley rescue personnel and brought to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington before being transferred to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, the trooper said. Thomas was not injured and Thorndike’s injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.

Speed or alcohol weren’t factors in the accident.

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