Truck crashes through fuel pumps, driver injured

Cause of crash still under investigation
By Ben Holbrook | May 03, 2016
Source: Waldo County Sheriff's Office The remains of two fuel pumps rest on the ground after they were hit by a box truck early in the morning of May 3.

Liberty — Police are investigating a crash at Circle K in Liberty after a box truck struck a utility pole and then plowed through fuel pumps at the store early in the morning of May 3.

The crash was reported at 4 a.m. after a 2015 Isuzu box truck, driven by 60-year-old John Hespe of New Gloucester, went off the road, striking a utility pole and knocking down power lines. The truck then struck two fuel pumps at Circle K, Waldo County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jason Trundy said in a news release.

Hespe was extricated from the truck and taken to Maine General Hospital by Liberty Ambulance to be treated for serious injuries he suffered in the crash, Trundy said.

Deputy Merl Reed and Lt. Matthew Curtis are investigating the crash, which is being reconstructed by Sgt. Ken Smith of Rockland Police Department and Waldo County Sheriff's Office Detective Gerry Lincoln.

Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle division and Maine Department of Environmental Protection responded to the crash, as well as Central Maine Power Co. and FairPoint Communications. Work is still under way to restore power and phone lines, Trundy said.

Belmont, Liberty, Montville, Palermo and Searsmont fire departments assisted at the scene. Route 3 was closed and traffic was diverted around the crash.

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