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Speed of Tractor-Trailer Held to Be Cause of Maine Crash

The speed of a tractor-trailer was the primary cause of a fatal accident last month near Farmington, Maine, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal. An accident reconstructionist with the Maine State Police determined that the tractor-trailer was traveling too fast to negotiate a right turn from Routes 2 and 4 onto Routes 2 and 7.

Trailer Filled with Sawdust Struck Minivan

The tractor-trailer was owned by Linkletter Trucking of Athens, Maine, and was loaded with sawdust. According to the calculations of the state police expert, the rig was traveling at a speed of 41.44 mph when it entered the intersection. The speed limit for the area is 30 mph. The tractor-trailer struck a minivan operated by a local YMCA and then rolled over.

Two in Van Injured, One Dead

The van was en route from Acadia National Park to a park in Vermont. A 12-year-old died of injuries sustained in the accident. Two other children were injured, treated at local hospitals, and later released the same day. The three other occupants of the van, including the driver, were not injured. The driver of the tractor-trailer also received treatment for injuries and was later released from medical care.

Police Department Investigation Continuing

According to a representative of the Farmington Police Department, the department's investigation into the accident had not yet been completed and is still pending. Several witnesses to the accident still need to be interviewed. After the department's report is completed and filed, the case will be submitted to the local district attorney, who will decide if criminal charges will be brought against the trucking company and/or its driver. To date there has been no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement or driver distraction. In vehicle accidents involving personal injuries and fatalities, criminal charges are almost uniformly brought. In addition to criminal charges, persons and family members of those present in the minivan at the time of accident will also have the right to bring civil actions against the trucking company and its driver.

If you or family members have been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle, contact an attorney experienced in trucking law to advise of your rights under the law.