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Trio of road accidents keeps investigator busy Thursday

Article from Bangor Daily News, Friday, August 20, 2004

By Doug Kesseli
of the NEWS Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Motor vehicle accidents in Sebec, Medford and Township 4 Range 9 kept Investigator Allen Emerson of the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Department busy Thursday. Dean Rouse, 38, of Brownville had been traveling to Sebec Village from Barnard at 11:15 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle while reaching to change the radio station, Emerson said. Rouse's 1998 Mercury went off the road and struck an embankment and a culvert. Rouse, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, received minor cuts and bruises but refused to be taken to a hospital for treatment, the officer said. Rouse's vehicle was demolished.

At 12:30 p.m., a trailer carrying a bulldozer broke free from a dump truck and landed in a swamp. George Sibley, 36, of Lincoln had finished a construction project at a local camp and was traveling on the abandoned railroad bed off North Road in Medford when the accident occurred. Neither Sibley nor his passenger was injured, Emerson said.

Because oil, diesel fuel and hydraulic fuel spilled into the bog, the Department of Environmental Protection was called to investigate, according to Emerson. The bulldozer, the cab of which was crushed, had major damage, he said.

In a third incident, an East Millinocket man escaped injury after his vehicle hit a moose on West Seboeis Lake Road in Township 4 Range 9 at 8:45 p.m. Robert Thibodeau, 51, was traveling to the lake alone when the moose ran into his vehicle. Thibodeau, who was wearing his seat belt, swerved his vehicle to avoid a further collision with the moose and ended up hitting some trees, the officer said. Damage to Thibodeau's 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck was estimated at $5,000. He was not injured. The moose ran off into the woods, Emerson said.

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