Accident in Orient Reduces Road to One Lane [UPDATE]
Snow and freezing rain have been wreaking havoc on the roads in Aroostook County for much of the day, causing several accidents.
Maine State Police responded to a tractor trailer rollover on Route 1 in Orient at around 1:30 this afternoon.
According to the Maine Department of Transportation, the accident reduced U.S. Route 1 down to one lane southbound this afternoon between U.S. Route 2; Military Street and ME 169; Springfield Road (5 miles north of the Orient area).
State Police say that 34-year-old Joshua Fogg of Forrest City was driving a 1999 Kenworth tractor trailer South on Route 1 hauling a load of logs when he lost control of the rig.
Police say Fogg was driving too fast for the slippery road conditions. Poor tire condition on the trailer also contributed to the crash. The company was charged with having five inadequate tires on the trailer.
Fogg sustained minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.
The truck, owned by, HSP Logging from Danforth, sustained disabling damage and both truck and trailer were towed to Shay Trucking in Danforth.
Trooper Jared Sylvia investigated the crash and was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Josh Haines and the Danforth Fire Department.
State Police covered multiple other crashes today throughout Aroostook County and encourage the motoring public to drive with extreme caution during the winter months when roads are slippery.