Open tailgate no party for passing motorists

MOUNT DESERT — It was anything but a picnic for the owners of three vehicles damaged when a dump truck reportedly dropped large quantities of dirt and fist-sized rocks onto Route 198 on Aug. 20.

According to police reports, a dump truck owned by BCM Construction pulled out of a driveway near the Giant Slide Trail without the tailgate being adequately secured. As the truck, driven by Jeffrey Austin of Sullivan, no age listed, headed north up the road, several yards of gravel, along with rocks of varying sizes, spilled out the back. Rocks from the truck struck the windshield and front of an oncoming 2015 Ford Flex driven by Mary Higgins, 72, of Asheville, N.C. Damage was listed at $300.

Meanwhile, a Chevy Ventura driven by Amy Walton of Bar Harbor, no age listed, was traveling behind the truck and hit the dirt and rocks, sustaining an estimated $500 in damage. A third vehicle, which was parked on the side of the road, a 2001 Honda CRV owned by Elizabeth Byard, 58, of Hancock, sustained $300 damage to a side mirror.

No injuries were reported. No charges were filed.

According to investigating Officer Ken Mitchell, workers from the Mount Desert Highway Department and BCM Construction cleaned up the mess.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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