PHOTO COURTESY OF MDPD

Dump truck sans brakes ends up going overboard



PHOTO COURTESY OF MDPD

An excavator works to haul a dump truck out of the ocean at Pretty Marsh Landing on Tuesday afternoon after the truck lost its brakes. The driver was able to aim down the boat launching ramp and use the water to bring the truck to a halt.

MOUNT DESERT — It was a wild – and wet – ride for a Southwest Harbor man Tuesday when the brakes failed on the dump truck he was driving.

James Carroll, 75, was leaving the driveway of a home in Pretty Marsh after dropping off a load of soil when he realized the truck had no brakes, according to Officer Ken Mitchell of the Mount Desert Police Department. Carroll steered onto the Bartlett’s Landing Road and headed for the landing. Seeing no one was on the boat ramp there, he aimed down the ramp and into the water.

“It was high tide,” Officer Mitchell said. “The truck ended up completely submerged.”

Carroll waited until enough water filled the cab of the truck to equalize the water pressure, enabling him to open the door. He then swam to shore, the officer said.

Carroll sustained minor cuts and scrapes during the crash.

The truck, a 2000 Peterbilt, is owned by Doug Gott and Sons Inc. of Southwest Harbor. One of the company’s excavators was used to pull the truck from the water. A damage estimate was not available. The truck bed was empty at the time of the crash.

Also damaged at the scene was a Mount Desert police cruiser. Officer Ken Mitchell said he was moving the department’s 2012 Ford Taurus during the recovery operation when it hit a construction trailer, causing extensive damage to the front end of the cruiser.

Mark Good

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