ORONO, Maine — A Canadian truck driver escaped serious injury early Friday when his rig left Interstate 95 and went into the woods, according to police.

James Watson, 34, of Woodstock, New Brunswick, was southbound when he fell asleep at the wheel around 2:05 a.m. Friday, causing the truck to leave the roadway, jackknife and hit a couple of trees just north of the Kelly Road exit, according to Maine State Police Trooper Darren Vittum.

Watson was hauling a load of potatoes from Aroostook County to New York state, the trooper said. Watson was not injured.

“It looks like he just kind of fell asleep and wandered off into the woods,” Vittum said.

Watson said Friday afternoon that he did not fall asleep. He said the accident occurred because he blew a tire on the cab of the vehicle. Watson also said the load of potatoes originated in New Brunswick, not Aroostook County.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and Vittum didn’t require any backup at the scene. No charges are expected to be filed.

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