Attempt to drive around parked dump truck leads to two-car crash
Belmont — A Liberty man and a Morrill family escaped injury after they were all involved in a car crash that occurred when one driver attempted to pass a parked dump truck on Augusta Road Thursday morning, June 19.
According to the accident report at the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, 45-year-old Anthony Gamage of Liberty was headed east on Augusta Road in his 1990 Dodge van when he slowed to drive around a dump truck that was parked alongside the road. The report stated Gamage had a slightly obstructed view due to the truck's position on the roadside, and when Gamage advanced past the truck his van struck a 2013 Chevrolet driven by 37-year-old Kara Staples of Morrill, who had stopped and was waiting to turn into a daycare driveway.
Police determined because Gamage had slowed significantly to go around the dump truck, his vehicle struck Staples' at a speed that was much less than the posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour.
Staples and her two passengers, a nine-year-old girl and a six-year-old girl, were not injured in the collision, and Gamage also escaped the crash without injury. Gamage's van was towed from the scene due to disabling damage.
The 1991 dump truck, which was registered to Michael Willette, Inc. out of Winslow, was not involved in the crash and was not damaged, according to the report.