Dump truck lost brakes before hitting train in Hampden

8:34 PM, Aug 30, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- An investigation by the Maine state police has determiend that insufficient brakes contributed to Thursday's accident where a dump truck collided with a train on Route 202.

It was an accident that closed the route to traffic for much of the day on Thursday. The crash injured the driver of the truck, Frederick Lindsay Jr. of East Millinocket. Family members said he was in good spirits on Friday as he's recovering at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

The truck Lindsay was driving is owned by M&S trucking in Medway. An investigation by the Maine state police's commercial vehicle enforcement unit determined there were issues with six of the truck's eight air brakes. Authorities say one of the brakes was contaminated with oil, four brakes were out of adjustment and one brake had a mechanical issue.

NEWS CENTER was unsuccessful in reaching officials with M&S trucking on Friday. State investigators say the truck did pass a state inspection recently but in the condition its brakes were in Thursday it would not have passed. Authorities say the investigation into the crash is continuing.  


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