An autopsy was completed on the 31-year-old Campbell, who was killed when a wheel that had detached from a logging truck trailer struck him as he assisted a driver alongside Interstate 95 in Hampden on Wednesday morning. No results were available Thursday. Meanwhile, investigators are analyzing the truck and trailer for defects that might have contributed to the accident, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
The driver of the logging truck, Scott Willett, 52, of Patten, the owner of Scott Willett Trucking, has not been charged. Truckers who say they have worked with Willett for years expressed shock that he was involved in the accident.
“When I heard it was him, I was like, ‘oh man.’ It was unfortunate because he does as good as any of us in terms of doing it right — just keeping his equipment up to snuff,” said Bill Hardy, a Houlton trucking company owner who hauled potatoes from Aroostook County to Connecticut with Willett earlier in the decade.
“His machinery and trucks have always been top of the line,” said Richard Royal, a 44-year-old logging trucker from Milo who, like Hardy, has known Willett professionally for decades.
Last year, inspectors found maintenance violations on two separate occasions on a truck Willett was driving while hauling a log trailer, according to records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.