MILFORD, Maine — The temperature was hovering just above freezing at about 4 a.m. Sunday when a Brewer man fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of his truck while traveling east on Stud Mill Road near Wood Mill Road.
The 2000 four-wheel-drive Ford pickup truck driven by Bruce Logan, 23, of Brewer rolled over several times before it landed upright in a marsh, Deputy John Knappe of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said about 12 hours after the accident.
No one was seriously injured in the crash, but Brewer and his passengers, Andrew Stearns, 24, of Holden and Lee Thorton, 23, of Milford, got soaking-wet walking through the marsh to the side of the seldom-traveled road, Knappe said.
There is no cell phone service in that section of Milford, so they could not call for help. There are no houses for miles, so they could not easily walk down the road for help.
The trio did have an ample wood supply, the deputy said. So they started a fire to keep warm, dry out and attract the attention of a motorist should one happen by.
Shortly before 5 a.m., the first driver to pass by in an hour stopped to check on the men, according to Knappe. The good Samaritan drove down the road several miles until he had cell phone service and called 911.
The deputy said that the wet trio made the right decision to stay put and build the fire to keep warm. If they hadn’t, all three would have risked hypothermia, Knappe said, which could have been much more severe than their minor scrapes and bruises.
The men told the deputy that they were on their way back from a hunting camp in Milford because one of them had to be at work by 7 a.m.
The truck was demolished.