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Police believe Mexico man fell alseep while driving, leading to crash with tractor-trailer in Turner

A portion of Route 4 in Turner was closed for much of the day Thursday as police responded to the scene of the crash.
Credit: Rick Ward

TURNER, Maine — Route 4 between Fern Street and Woods Road in the Turner/Auburn was closed Thursday following a morning crash.

According to the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office, the two-vehicle crash occurred Thursday at 8:10 a.m. on Route 4 just south of Woods Road. 

A preliminary investigation shows Lucas Dalton, 40, of Mexico, Maine was driving a 2013 Suburu 4-door north when he crossed the center line and hit a Walmart tractor-trailer. Police believe Dalton fell asleep at the wheel, which is what led to the accident.

Dalton was transported to Central Maine Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. 

The truck was driven by Christopher Brown, 36, of Norridgewock. Brown was not injured. 

Police say speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash at this time. 

Credit: Rick Ward

Both vehicles had extensive damage and were towed from the scene, police say. 

Route 4 between Fern Street and Woods Road was closed to traffic while the scene was investigated and cleaned up. The crash caused the driver side diesel tank on the Walmart truck to be separated from the vehicle causing a significant amount of diesel fuel to be spilled on the roadway. The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) also responded and assisted with the cleanup.

Also assisting at the crash scene was Turner Fire and Rescue.

Route 4 was reopened to all traffic at 2:20 pm.