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Brownville crash kills Houlton man

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 1, January 07, 2004

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

Van hits logging truck's lost load

T5 R9 A 29-year-old Houlton man died Monday afternoon when the van he was driving slammed into a load of logs that had been spilled on Route 11, north of Brownville.

Tony Jay was driving a 1999 Dodge van northbound on Route 11 at about 3 p.m. when he came upon the scene. According to state police reports, the logs spilled onto the road just north of Brownville in Township 5 Range 9 when a truck driver overcorrected, causing the loaded trailer to fall on its left side.

Cleveland Richardson, 47, of Wytopitlock was the driver of the 1990 International logging truck. He was transporting logs for Emery Lee and Sons, out of Millinocket.

According to Trooper Phillip Dawson, investigating officer, Jay died at the scene, "probably instantly, due to multiple trauma." The van was totalled, "utterly destroyed," he said.

Richardson complained of slight injury to his nose. The truck sustained approximately $15,000 worth of damage to the left side.

The accident is still under investigation, Dawson said., pending the results of an accident reconstruction and standard blood work on both drivers. No charges are expected to be filed, he added.

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