LAKEVILLE PLANTATION, Maine — A man died over the weekend when his pickup truck rolled over and submerged in a creekbed early Sunday near what is known locally as Dynamite Bridge, officials said Monday.
Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Roy Perry said emergency dispatchers received a call reporting a vehicle off the Lakeville Shores roadway at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
The driver’s name, age and hometown were not immediately available, Perry said.
The first emergency responder to arrive, Springfield Fire & Rescue Department Assistant fire Chief-EMT Tim Peters, got there at about 9:50 a.m. He said the Chevy Silverado was on its roof in what appeared to be a creekbed.
The pickup’s cab was submerged about three-quarters of the way to its wheels. The water was slow moving but several feet deep, Peters said.
“I was unable to determine whether there were any occupants in the vehicle at first because of the way it was positioned,” Peters said early Monday.
A tow-truck operator had partly winched the pickup out of the creek when the man’s body was found, Peters said.
The single-lane bridge is wooden with short wooden guardrails. The truck appeared to be heading southbound when the accident occurred. The gravel and dirt road curves sharply just before the bridge’s northbound side, making it easy for a driver to miss the bridge, especially in inclement weather, Peters said.
The road had apparently been plowed prior to the accident, but was still slick with ice. Firefighters called back a contractor employed by a local neighborhood association to maintain the road to salt and sand it to make the roadway safer, Peters said.
Detective William Flagg is handling the investigation. Anyone with any information about the accident is asked to call the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office at 945-4636.