Bucket loader crashes through boardwalk to riverDriver being treated for minor injuries
Camden — Just after 2 p.m. Feb. 15, a bucket loader broke through a boardwalk behind Knox Mill on Washington Street, rolled over and landed upright near Megunticook River, Camden Police Officer Allen Weaver said at the scene.
The driver was taken to the hospital by Camden First Aid Association with minor injuries, according to Weaver. Town Manager Patricia Finnigan identified the driver as Camden Public Works employee Tracy Harford.
"The elements were not with him," Finnigan said, adding Harford is an "experienced" equipment operator.
Harford was clearing snow from the parking lot when one tire of the 30,000-pound vehicle went over the boardwalk, police said. The vehicle rolled over on its way down the steep bank to the river but stopped short of the water. No fuel or other fluids from the bucket loader were released during the incident.
Just before 3 p.m., police and firefighters remained at the scene awaiting public works crews with barriers to block the broken fence and boardwalk from curious onlookers.
The bucket loader remained on the bank of the river as darkness fell. Finnigan said an effort to remove the heavy piece equipment will take place Saturday morning and will involve a tow truck as well as a crane. She said the crane is based in Thomaston.
"We rent equipment throughout the year," Finnigan said, confirming the bucket loader was rented to supplement the town fleet's snow removal efforts.
She said the town and rental company both carry insurance for this type of accident but it is unclear how any repair costs will be divided. Finnigan said she did not expect to have a monetary estimate for the damage until the loader is hauled back up the steep bank.