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Teen ticketed after car crashes into fuel truck

By Stephen Betts | Nov 06, 2019

South Thomaston — A teenager was taken to the hospital Tuesday night for minor injuries after the youth's car went off the road and slammed into a parked car and then a fuel truck.

Police say speed and driver inexperience are considered contributing factors in the crash, according to Knox County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Patrick Polky.

The crash occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Nov. 5 when a Pontiac G6, driven by the 17-year-old, started to spin as it was heading south on Route 131. The car went over a curbed median and into the parking lot of Maritime Farms.

The Pontiac car struck a parked Chevrolet Camaro last driven by Jason Spaulding, 42, of Rockland, forcing that vehicle into the middle of Route 131. The Pontiac continued across the lot and into a Maritime Energy tractor trailer that was refueling the store's fuel tanks.

The operator of the fuel truck, Michael Smith, 50, of Cushing, was standing on a running board at the time of the collision and was thrown from the vehicle.

He was not injured. The teen suffered minor injuries and was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Both the Pontiac and Camaro were not drive-able after the crash. The truck had heavy damage but could be driven.

The juvenile was issued summonses for failing to maintain control of a vehicle and illegal transportation of liquor by a minor.  Alcohol was not a contributing factor, according to Polky.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Knox Regional Communications, South Thomaston Fire and EMS, and Creek Hill towing.

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