Chip truck flips


NEWRY – The driver of a chip truck hauling 50 tons of cargo escaped injury Thursday after his truck left Route 26 and flipped, police said. The truck, driven by Rodney White, 36, of Albany Township, spilled most of its cargo. Police said speed was a factor in the accident.

“He came around the corner a little faster than he was planning to, and the load shifted,” Maine State Police Trooper Ronald Turnick said at the scene. “The truck caught on the corner, flipped on its side and slid 30 to 40 feet before losing the load.”

The wreck happened just north of Newry’s town office.

Newry firefighters limited traffic to one lane for several hours, and electricity was cut by Central Maine Power Co. to allow an excavator to remove the chips and three tow trucks to right the rig and trailer.

Bruce Pierce, Newry’s assistant fire chief, said greasy snow and ice on the shoulder contributed to the accident.

“It’s just amazing how these guys walk away from these things,” Pierce said.