Police respond to crash involving potato truck in Mars Hill

Police say they responded to a report of an accident between a tractor trailer and a potato truck in Mars Hill.

Police say 62 year old Robert Craig of Mars Hill was driving a tractor trailer hauling a flatbed trailer partially loaded with lumber. It had pulled into the driveway of the Kearny Pallett Inc., the business it is affiliated with, and the driver was attempting to back up part way into the roadway to be able to adjust his truck's position, and then pull ahead back into the driveway.

According to police, 30 year old Ryan Hallett of Houlton was driving a loaded bulk potato truck traveling north on Route 1A and traveled into a right hand curve of the roadway at the same time that Craig was backing into the roadway.

Officials say Hallett attempted to swerve to the right side of the roadway, but could only swerve so far because of a guardrail.

As a result, Hallett’s potato truck struck the rear of the trailer of Craig’s tractor trailer which caused significant damage to the underneath of the front Hallett’s truck. Hallett’s potato truck then hit the guardrail on the right side of the roadway, traveled across the road and hit the guardrail on the left side of the roadway.

The impact with the guardrail caused the bulk body and the load of potatoes to roll over the guardrail and down the embankment.

DEP was contacted due to the motor vehicle fluid that was leaked onto the roadway and for the dumped potatoes.

Route 1A was shut down to one lane off and on for approximately 45 minutes to clean the road and remove the vehicles.