A fuel truck filled with No. 2 oil went off Route 1 in Warren and came to rest on its side in a swampy field Friday evening, May 27, forcing closure of a section of the highway while the oil was pumped from the tank.

No one was injured in the accident, and the driver of the Maritime Energy truck is being credited with using common sense and preventing a more serious accident.

The road is expected to be closed until approximately 10 p.m. while the tanker is pumped. As of 7 p.m., the oil was being transferred to another tanker truck and there was no spillage of the fuel.

The accident occurred one mile south of the intersection of routes 1 and 97. Southbound traffic was being rerouted at the Oyster River Road in Thomaston while northbound traffic was being rerouted at the intersection of Route 90.

Warren’s Fire Department responded to the accident, as well as Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Maine State Police. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Susan Ware, vice president of Maritime Energy, was at the scene and reported that the truck’s driver was heading north along Route 1 when traffic slowed behind a car turning left onto a side road. A line of traffic backed up quickly and the truck’s driver, in an attempt to avoid collisions, steered the truck off to the right and into a field. Initially, the truck remained upright, but because the field was so wet, it settled into the muck and then rolled onto its side.

 

Lynda Clancy can be reached at lclancy@villagesoup.com; 236-8511, ext. 304.