FARMINGTON — Police said speed, icy roads and driver inexperience may have caused a tractor-trailer to plow into a house on Route 4 on Tuesday evening.

The driver, Jimmy Robert Jimenez Roja, 27, of Miami, Florida, suffered lacerations to his hands, arms and face and was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital by NorthStar ambulance, Sgt. Michael Adcock of the Farmington Police Department said.

Roja’s passenger, Alfredo Delgado Gonzalez, 23, also of Miami, suffered a fractured skull and was in a critical condition, Adcock said, and was transported to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston from FMH.

The home at 118 Fairbanks Road is owned by Richard Faeth, who lives on the first floor and has a pet grooming business attached to the house. Amy Hamilton lives on the second floor. They were not injured and were able to return to the house, Adcock said.
 
The porch of the house was sheared off as was the sleeper cab of the 2007 International truck registered to F&Y Express Corp. of Pembroke Pines, Florida. It was hauling water from Poland Spring’s bottling plant in Kingfield, police said.

The truck failed to negotiate Horn’s Corner at about 6:43 p.m. and drove into the house.

The driver admitted to taking the 25-mph corner at closer to 45 mph, Adcock said.

Rain was falling at the time and temperatures hovered around 30 degrees.

Police were waiting for officers from the State Police Commercial Enforcement Division to arrive before attempts were made to move the truck.  

The weight of the water posed an additional challenge to removing a section of the house and the truck, a member of Farmington Fire and Rescue said.

This is the fourth accident since April involving a Poland Spring truck.

Firefighters said it was at least the third accident they’ve responded to at Horn’s Corner in the past year.

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