WILTON – A tractor trailer carrying a full load of wood chips rolled over at a curve on Route 156 Monday morning. A 41-year-old man received minor injuries in the rollover. His cargo spilled down an embankment and a utility pole was broken in the accident.
Stephen Wilson of Thorndike, was driving a 2003 Peterbilt tractor trailer for P+D Transport, Inc. of Knox, when it rolled over coming out of a long curve on Rt. 156 at the intersection of McCrillis and Webster roads. The accident occurred at about 11:15 a.m.
Wilson was on his way to deliver the wood chips to ReEnergy in Livermore Falls, said Wilton Police Department Sgt. Chad Abbott. The tractor trailer rolled onto its side, landing off the road and partially down a short embankment.
The section of Route 156 has a speed limit of 45 mph.
“He (Wilson) failed to navigate the corner properly,” Abbott said as the cause of the crash.
Central Maine Power was called to the scene because live power lines were still attached to the broken utility pole.
The Wilton Fire Department responded, as did the Farmington Fire Rescue Department until it was determined the accident occurred in Wilton. Fire fighters put absorbent pads down under the tractor trailer’s fuel tank after it was found to be leaking.
Wilson received minor injuries, Abbott said, and was treated at the scene by NorthStar EMS personnel.
The truck is owned by Paul Jones of P+D Transport, Inc.