Dump truck overturns in Cushing, driver sent to hospital
CUSHING — A dump truck driver was taken to the hospital following a roll-over crash April 21 at the intersection of River Road and Pleasant Point Road.
Driver David Deane, 61, of Warren, suffered a cut on his head, but was otherwise OK. He is the owner of the truck, which is part of his company, Deane Enterprises.
A spokesperson for the company said he was taking gravel to a job site on Salt Pond Road when the crash occurred.
According to Knox County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Tim Carroll, it appears Deane was traveling too fast on the approach of Pleasant Point Road near Cross Road in the 1997 Sterling dump truck.
"As he turned the corner, a tire came off the rim of the truck and Deane lost control of it, rolling the truck over on its passenger side," Carroll said in an email statement.
The truck's load of gravel spilled out over the side of the roadway, and its windshield was smashed out.
Deane was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. He was wearing his seat belt.
Cushing Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene. Deputy Paul Spear investigated and Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Division was called to assist because of the size of the truck.
The entire roadway was blocked for more than an hour and a half as Cushing Fire crews worked at the scene. The crash was reported at about 10:30 a.m.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.