Tractor-trailer jackknifes, slows Route 3 traffic

By Fran Gonzalez | Jul 31, 2018
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez This jackknifed tractor-trailer "locked up" its brakes to avoid colliding with another vehicle in Searsmont July 31.

Searsmont — A tractor-trailer jackknifed on Route 3 after a car failed to stop at Thompson Ridge Road Tuesday morning around 9:15. The vehicles did not collide, but the truck cab was damaged when it slammed into the trailer it was hauling.

Traffic on Route 3 was delayed as a result.

Maine State Police said Bruce Labombarde, 26, of Lincolnville, was driving a Chrysler 200 south on Thompson Ridge Road and failed to stop at the intersection.

Kennebec Metal Recyclers tractor-trailer driver Ed English of Skowhegan was traveling west on Route 3 at the time. When he saw Labombarde's car, English applied his brakes to avoid a collision, police said.

According to English, he "locked up the brakes," as evidenced by the marks on the road.

Labombarde told police he was "creeping up" into the intersection because his view was obstructed.

Searsmont Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and Ambulance, responded and traffic was delayed for about a half-hour.

Police charged Labombarde with failure to yield the right-of-way.

The two drivers and a Maine State Police trooper discuss the events leading up to this July 31 crash. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
A State Police trooper talks with truck driver Ed English about the crash July 31. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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