Logging truck hits 2 cars in 30 minutes at same location

RUMFORD — A logging-truck driver from Quebec managed to get into two traffic accidents less than 30 minutes apart at the same location on Friday.

Terry Karkos/Sun Journal

Rumford officer Dave Hodgson, right, listens Friday afternoon as Sgt. Douglas Maifeld talks to Carleton Harrigan, 87, of Rumford, after Harrigan's 2004 Toyota Camry, left, was struck by the 2012 Kenworth tractor-trailer logging truck in the background on South Rumford Road.

Luckily, everyone involved was wearing safety belts and there were no injuries, police Sgt. Douglas Maifeld said.

At 1:55 p.m., Justin Hamner, 28, of Mexico, was stopped in the westbound lane of Route 2, waiting to turn left onto South Rumford Road, he said.

With him in a 2001 Dodge Intrepid were his wife and three children.

At the same time, Martin Boudreau, 31, of Compton, Quebec, Canada, attempted to turn left from South Rumford Road onto Route 2. He was driving a loaded 2012 Kenworth tractor-trailer owned by Transport J. M. Champeau of St. Malo, Quebec.

The Kenworth cab struck the driver's side of the Intrepid, causing an estimated $1,000 damage to the Dodge, but none to the Kenworth, Maifeld said.

Boudreau “said he never saw him, but the car was directly in front of him, so I don't know why he couldn't see it,” the sergeant said. “He was sitting up high in the truck, but I guess the front of the rig can block it.”

After getting information from both drivers and releasing them, Maifeld said he returned to his cruiser.

He said Boudreau swung the cab wide to the right to turn left onto Route 2, so the trailer wouldn't overrun the South Rumford Road traffic island.

“I heard a loud crunch, turned over and looked and saw (Boudreau) get out of the truck and start yelling and holding his hands to his head,” Maifeld said.

“I don't know what he was yelling. It was in French.”

When he had attempted to turn left a second time, what Boudreau hadn't seen at 2:23 p.m. was a silver 2004 Toyota Camry driven by Carleton Harrigan, 87, of Rumford.

Maifeld said Harrigan had pulled in beside the logging truck cab to go around it as other drivers ahead of him had done when exiting South Rumford Road onto Route 2.

Like Boudreau, Harrigan was attempting to turn left and didn't realize the trucker was about to do the same thing.

Maifeld said he hurriedly got out of his cruiser when the still-yelling Boudreau headed for Harrigan's car.

Unsure if Boudreau was yelling at himself and/or Harrigan, Maifeld told the truck driver to move away from the Camry. Boudreau complied.

Harrigan and his wife weren't injured, but their car sustained an estimated $2,000 in damage, Maifeld said.

The right front side of the Kenworth, which was only a few weeks old, sustained an estimated $1,000 in damage, he said.

“It was the first time in my 23 years as a police officer that I've had an operator be the same driver in two crashes less than 30 minutes apart at the same location,” Maifeld said.

“Poor guy. It happens.”

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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poor trucker

What is an elderly man of 87 doing driving in the first place? After 80-81 years old it is more than past time to hang up the keys and give up driving. Maine is getting as bad as Florida for accidents involving the elderly.

Kevin Saisi's picture

You drive the trucks...

It is YOUR responsibility to assure that nobody is under your tires before you move a single inch.

Keith Dutton's picture

Hmmmmm....

And the Teamsters have been worried all these years about letting Mexico trucks onto our roads.....

Glad no one was injured!

blind spots

As a truck driver myself, there are blind spots. 25 feet behind the trailer is where the blind spot begins, midway between the cabs rear tires and the landing gear of the trailer is another one. about 15 feet in front of the cab begins another one. Even though we sit up a car in front closer than that is hard to see. realistically you need to not just rely on your mirrors. You need to look out your window as well. And for car drivers, if you are beside a truck make sure the blinkers aren't on. Just honk a little to let us know your there. And dont cut us off. We take a long time to stop. on a good day a loaded trailer will take approx half a football field to stop. It will take longer with just a cab and no trailer because we don't have the weight of the trailer to stop. This was definitely a case of not paying attention. The driver should have seen he was coming up on a car and slow accordingly.

Amy McDaniel's picture

Trucks Need Respect!

People who have never driven one don't fully understand that the blindspots on these trucks are not the drivers fault. It is a design flaw in the machine that hasn't been fixed yet. That is why there are warnings on the back of trailers "Caution Wide Turns, If You Can't See My Mirrors, I Can't See You" It comes down to a matter of consideration and respect on the roads.

ERNEST LABBE's picture

Large trucks

have many blind spots where a great number of things can hide from view. Sitting in the drivers seat the area directly in front of the driver is not viewable. A car kid, adult can hide there eaisily. Another is both sides of the tractor between the rear tractor wheels and the back of the cab. Respect the trucks for thier size, give them some extra space, and make sure they see you.

Bob Deschenes's picture

Accident Same Location

What is it lately that canadian trucks are having so many accidents in Maine?

Kevin Saisi's picture

Impaired or Reckless??

Hey Doug, I know you are a professional with a keen sense for impaired drivers, but there is something wrong here. Either this guy was impaired, or he has no regard for safety at all. Either way, he does not belong on the road.

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