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Maine Turnpike worker escapes serious injury after tractor-trailer carrying wine crashes in Litchfield

The driver of the tractor-trailer was summonsed for a logbook violation and failure to move over
Credit: Maine State Police

LITCHFIELD, Maine — A tractor-trailer half full of wine crashed on the Maine Turnpike Thursday morning, injuring a nearby worker who was hit by flying debris, according to Maine State Police spokesperson Shannon Moss.

It happened around 9:45 a.m. at mile marker 92 northbound in Litchfield. 

The worker, Michael Robinson, 43, was treated at the hospital. According to Moss, his injuries are not serious.

The tractor-trailer was driven by William Rodney Harrington, 59, of Hartford, CT. Harrington was summonsed for a logbook violation and failure to move over, according to Moss, and was also treated for minor injuries at the hospital.

Moss said the tractor-trailer crashed into a Maine Turnpike truck that was parked in the breakdown lane with amber lights flashing. The driver and passenger had exited the vehicle to retrieve construction signs.

The crew had finished picking up trash for the day when the tractor-trailer drifted into the breakdown lane and hit the rumble strip, according to Moss. The noise alerted the workers, who were able to get into the ditch safely. The tractor-trailer sideswiped the pickup, according to Moss, and then continued into the ditch where the truck rolled over.

Credit: Maine State Police

Moss said the truck spilled its load of wine in the ditch.

Traffic in the area had to be reduced to one lane for some time, beginning at 10:25 a.m.