BETHEL — A Chesterville man was flown to a Lewiston hospital Tuesday morning after the tractor-trailer chip truck he was driving rolled over on a sharp corner on Route 5, police said.

Alex B. Spencer, 28, was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Oxford County Deputy Sheriff Andrew Whitney said Tuesday afternoon at the scene.

A report on his condition was not immediately available.

Whitney said Spencer was driving north in a truck owned by E.J. Carrier of Jackman when the accident happened at 10 a.m. near 33 Songo Pond Road/Route 5.

Whitney said he didn’t know the extent of Spencer’s injuries, but he had to be freed from the wreckage. Bethel Rescue took Spencer to Woodstock for a LifeFlight helicopter.

“It looks like speed was the main factor,” Whitney said. “But the cause is still under investigation.”

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He said a Maine State Police team from the Commercial Enforcement Division was examining the truck while MT Pockets of Dixfield waited to tow it away.

Whitney expected Route 5 to remain shut down until 4 or 5 p.m. Traffic was being rerouted through Bethel on Vernon Street, he said.

Bethel firefighters and Maine State Police assisted. Cross Excavation equipment was used to clean up the wood chips.

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