Justin Gerickont, 22, of Sangerville was killed Thursday afternoon when the garbage truck he was driving went off Route 5 in Stoneham and struck a tree. A passenger, Jason Downs, 30, of Solon was listed in serious condition, the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said. Oxford County Sheriff’s Department

STONEHAM — One man was killed and another injured Thursday afternoon when a garbage truck went off Route 5 and struck a tree, Oxford County Chief Deputy James Urquhart said in a news release.

Police said 22-year-old Justin Gerickont of Sangerville was killed in the wreck. Gerickont was driving a garbage truck north on Route 5, police said, when he drove off the right side of the road, rolling the truck on its side and striking a tree.

He was wearing a seat belt, police said, and was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, 30-year-old Jason Downs of Solon was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where he was in serious condition.

Police said the garbage truck was owned by BDS Waste Disposal of Detroit, Maine.

Also responding to the scene were Stoneham, Lovell, Bethel and Waterford fire departments, PACE Ambulance Service and Stoneham Rescue. Maine State Police assisted in reconstructing the crash, which is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.


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