THOMASTON — North and southbound traffic on Main Street through Thomaston was redirected Thursday afternoon, Aug. 25, after a car struck the rear of a Dead River Company fuel truck.

The crash occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. near where Robinson and Erin Streets meet Main Street. Traffic was diverted down side streets while cleanup was underway, which backed up traffic through the downtown portion of Thomaston and to the intersection of High Street (Route 131).

According to Thomaston police, Terry Gushee, 67, of Warren, was operating his black 2010 Lincoln MKZ.  Gushee looked away and did not observe that traffic had stopped in front of him.  Gushee’s vehicle ran into the back of the 2016 Blue International fuel truck that was stopped, police said. The fuel truck is owned by Dead River Company.  The fuel truck was driven by Johnathan Plunkett, 56, of Bath.

Fire crews worked to put products down on the road to absorb liquid from Gushee’s vehicle which spilled due to the force of impact.

The Lincoln was a totaled loss. The fuel truck sustained minimal damage to the rear bumper, no structural damage and no leaks.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and there were no injuries.

The crash is investigated by Officer Ken Smith

Thomaston Police were assisted by Thomaston Fire Department, Thomaston EMS and Thomaston Public Works.

Municipal workers at the scene of the Aug. 25 Thomaston crash. Photo by Zack Miller

Thomaston municipal workers at the scene of the Thursday, Aug 25 crash. Photo by Zack Miller

Thomaston municipal workers at the scene of the Thursday, Aug 25 crash. Photo by Zack Miller

Thomaston municipal workers at the scene of the Thursday, Aug 25 crash. Photo by Zack Miller

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