Excavator totaled after striking railroad abutment in Frankfort

By Ben Holbrook | Oct 12, 2012
Courtesy of: Maine State Police Emergency personnel responded to the Loggin Road in Frankfort, Thursday, Oct. 11, after an excavator struck a railroad abutment and was ripped off a trailer.

Frankfort — Police responded to the Loggin Road in Frankfort for a report of an excavator that was ripped from a trailer after striking a railroad abutment, Thursday, Oct. 11.

Maine State Police Trooper Shawn Porter said James Nelson, 56, of Searsport was traveling east between 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and believed the excavator would clear the 13-foot-6-inch abutment. However, the excavator struck the abutment, which caused it to be pulled off the trailer and roll down the road a short distance.

“He didn’t think he was that tall,” Porter said.

The excavator –– valued at $50,000 –– was totaled, Porter said.

No one was injured as a result of the accident. The railroad abutment was dented, but didn’t suffer any serious damage. No damage was done to the truck, and only minimal damage was done to the trailer, Porter said.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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