A 71-year-old New Hampshire man was hospitalized Friday morning when a tractor-trailer struck a camper they were towing with their pickup truck on Interstate 295 in Richmond.
Wilfred Dockham of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, was driving the pickup truck at about 8:20 a.m. when a tractor-trailer driven by 61-year-old Thomas Bettcher of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, swerved into his lane and struck the camper while passing it, according to Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety.
The pickup and camper overturned, McCausland said.
Dockham was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta for treatment of injuries that police did not consider life-threatening.
His wife, Connie Dockham, 70, was not injured.
Bettcher, who was hauling cement slabs to Bangor, did not immediately stop and called police from the West Gardiner service plaza several miles north.
Troopers from the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit conducted a complete safety check of the vehicle. No charges were immediately lodged, according to McCausland.
Traffic on the northbound side of I-295 was disrupted for more than an hour while the camper and pickup truck were removed.
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