UPTON – Emergency authorities responding to a cell phone report of an empty chip truck crashed into trees along Route 26 late Thursday morning turned out to have a long haul for nothing.

Oxford County Sgt. Tim Holland said he was catching up on paperwork in Paris when the call came in about “a tractor-trailer crash out in the boonies.”

Newry firefighters were sent to the scene along with Holland, but when they got there, there was no big rig to be found, only damaged trees.

“It took down a 12-inch oak 15 feet up, so, it had to do damage to the truck and trailer, and he just took off. Newry fire said he hit the tree pretty good,” Holland said. A Maine Department of Transportation crew cleared the damage.

Holland said the chip truck could have hit black ice and slid off the road. The road was wet after a few inches of snow had fallen during the night.

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