Truck hits Saddleback lodge; SUV, ATV collide


RANGELEY — A lodge at Saddleback Mountain had an unexpected guest on Thursday afternoon: a truck.

A 2010 Ford F-150 operated by Robert Hawkins, 68, of Lexington, Va., struck the lodge, Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Brann said.

Hawkins thought he hit the accelerator instead of the brake, Brann said.

The truck sustained heavy front-end damage. A support post, side wall and door of the lodge were also damaged.

Hawkins’ wife, Alberta, 66, was riding in the front passenger seat. Both were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, Brann said.

Brann was assisted by Northstar Ambulance and Rangeley Fire Department.

Earlier that day, Brann responded to a collision between an SUV and an ATV on Route 16 in Langtown Township.

A 2007 Honda CR-V driven by Sydney Royce, 15, was traveling west when it came up behind a Yamaha side-by-side ATV driven by Susan Robinson, 66, of Windham, also traveling west, Brann said.

Royce, operating on a learner’s permit, tried to go around the ATV that was attempting a left turn onto a trail and the SUV hit the driver’s side of the ATV, he said.

Riding with Royce was her mother, Liza Royce, 36. Both were wearing seat belts and were not injured, Brann said.

Robinson complained of back pain, and Northstar ambulance took her to Franklin Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Paul Robinson, 67, also of Windham, was a passenger and did not appear to be injured. Both were wearing seat belts, Brann said.

The Honda was driven away; the ATV was towed.

Brann was assisted by Rangeley Police officer Brad Scovil, Rangeley Fire Department and Northstar Ambulance.