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Trucker stops runaway pick-up truck

Posted on : 06-06-2009 | By : Truckdriversnews | In : Thoughts from a trucker

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An alert tractor-trailer driver might have averted a disaster Friday morning for a special-needs teen.

The 18-year-old was in the passenger’s seat of a pickup truck that was in reverse, and backing down a steep hill on Route ᎉA, toward a construction site along the Kennebec River.

Maine State Police Trooper Derrick Record said that the teen, whom he declined to identify, suffered minor cuts to his arms when a window in the back seat broke.

The boy’s mother, Diane Bouffard, 41, of Norridgewock had stopped at the post office and left the truck in park, with the blinker on, Record said.

Record said trucker Ricky Stiner, 43, of New Hampshire, saw the red Dodge Dakota pickup going backward down the hill, toward the site where workers are building a new bridge across the river. Record said Stiner tried but was unable to jump into the driver’s seat and stop the pickup, but because he had pulled his rig on the side of the road, the pickup came to rest against the tractor-trailer’s bumper.

“The boy tried to put the blinker off, but put the truck in reverse by mistake,” Record said. “The truck driver stopped his tractor-trailer, jumped out and tried to get in and apply the brakes, but couldn’t, and the pickup backed into the tractor-trailer.”

Stiner was not injured, Record said. He was hauling a load of bark mulch for Pro Bark, Inc., out of Plaistow, N.H.

Shortly before 9 a.m., construction workers were on duty at the site.

“The pickup would have rolled into the construction zone, probably,” Record said. “It was a dangerous situation.”
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