April 20, 2019

Houlton pickup driver hurt rear-ending stopped log truck

NEW LIMERICK — A Houlton man suffered only minor injuries Wednesday morning when his pickup truck slammed into the back of a loaded log truck. Two of the logs smashed through the windshield.

Horace Chambers, 38, was traveling northeast on Station Road in New Limerick about 5:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. He told state police that as he crested a small knoll, he was temporarily blinded by the sun and failed to see a log truck that was stopped by the side of the road, waiting to enter the scales at the Louisiana-Pacific Corp. mill log yard.

Chambers told Maine State Police Trooper Troy Gardner that he didn’t see the truck until he went down the other side of the knoll and the sun dipped below the truck.

Chambers slammed on his brakes, but his 1987 Toyota pickup hit the load of logs sticking out the back of the truck, which was operated by Thomas Donley, 36, of Millinocket. Donley was driving for Arthur York Trucking Inc. of Medway.

Two of the logs on Donley’s truck pierced the pickup’s windshield, missing Chambers by just inches, the trooper said. Other logs creased the pickup’s roof and straddled the passenger side door.

Gardner said Chambers suffered facial lacerations. He was taken by Houlton Ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital, was treated and released. Donley wasn’t hurt.

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