Maine State Police say a Van Buren man was involved in a fiery tractor-trailer crash Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Route 1 in Frenchville.

State troopers responded to the rollover crash around 1:25 p.m. near the intersection of Route 1 and Starbarn Avenue. Police say 56-year-old Gary Vaillancourt was operating a 2014 Freightliner hauling potatoes when he lost control due to road conditions. It was snowing at the time.

The truck went off the road, rolled onto its side and caught fire. The tractor trailer was fully engulfed when emergency personnel arrived.  Route 1 was shut down and motorists were asked to seek alternate routes until further notice.

Maine State Police
Maine State Police

The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Border Patrol and Maine DOT were also on the scene.

Vaillancourt was wearing a seat belt and was apparently not injured in the crash.

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