Buckfield teen struck by car

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BUCKFIELD — A local teenager struck by a pickup truck while walking home Monday evening is recovering in the hospital after sustaining non-life-threatening injuries, police said. 

The 17-year-old boy, who was not identified by police, was taken from the scene near 95 Morrill St. to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston complaining of pain in his side, Oxford County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nathan Bowie said. 

The boy was struck along the shoulder of the road by a black pickup truck driven by 46-year-old James Mclendon of Hartford, Bowie said. Mclendon was blinded by the headlights of a passing car and his truck drifted slightly onto the shoulder and its headlight and side mirror hit the teenager, Bowie said.

There are no sidewalks on that stretch of the street and accumulated snow encroaches on the shoulder. The teen was believed to have been wearing a dark-colored backpack, Bowie said.

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Charges have not been filed, Bowie said, and neither speed nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the accident.

Buckfield firefighters and emergency crews responded to the scene.

ccrosby@sunjournal.com

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