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Commercial vehicle crash spills fertilizer in Hamlin

HAMLIN, Maine — A commercial vehicle rolled over in Hamlin May 13 spilling fertilizer and diesel onto Route 1. 

Maine State Police responded to a call at approximately 11:49 a.m. Friday after a resident reported a commercial vehicle had rolled over near the intersection of Boundaryline Road and Route 1 in Hamlin.

The 1999 Freightliner, operated by Jeannot LaForge, was turning onto Route 1 from Boundaryline Road when a rear tire was damaged, causing the vehicle to become unstable, according to Trooper Ted Martin with the Maine State Police. The fertilizer the truck was carrying shifted, causing the rollover. 

Diesel fuel and fertilizer spilled from the truck, mixing together, but after some investigation, it was determined the mixture presented no danger. Route 1 was shut down for several hours while the rollover was investigated. 

LaForge was treated at the scene for minor injuries. 

Assisting on the scene were Van Buren Fire and Ambulance services, United States Border Patrol, Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Impact Auto out of Presque Isle. 

Police said speed, failure to obey traffic signals and faulty equipment were factors in the crash. 

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