Falls Hill logging truck rollover causes $90,000 damage


RUMFORD — The driver of a fully-loaded logging truck escaped serious injury Friday morning when the rig rolled over at the foot of Falls Hill on Route 2, spilling logs into the Frost Motor Supply store.

Rumford Police Department Sgt. Tracey Higley said speed was apparently a factor in the accident that injured Danny Long, 39, of Bethel.

Long was taken to Rumford Hospital by Med-Care Ambulance Service where he was treated and released.

“This is the fourth time in my career that the store has been damaged,” Higley said.

No one was in the store when the accident occurred at 7:20 a.m.

Frost Motor Supply owner Kenny Briggette said logs flew through the windows and into the store, causing an estimated $35,000 to $40,000 damage.

Carpenters immediately covered the broken windows so the business could reopen at 11 a.m. The phone line was also knocked out but Briggette said he was able to have it up and running thanks to his friend Jim Thibodeau.

He said in his 20 years as owner of the store, numerous vehicles and materials have crashed into it, including several autos, a load of steel, two rolls of paper, unfinished planks and other materials.

The business is insured.

The road was closed for about two-and-a-half hours, and damage to the truck and business was estimated at about $90,000, he said. The truck was owned by A & B Forestry and Equipment of Rumford.

Kendric Thibodeau logging helped clean up the logs. Also responding to the accident were the Rumford Fire Department and Public Works Department,  Maine State Police and M-T Pockets garage.

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