Truck stranded on ramp in ferry fail

Broke the chain in attempt to board vessel
By Kim Lincoln | May 16, 2017
Courtesy of: Maine State Ferry Service The driver of this pick-up drove through a chain May 13 that prohibits drivers from loading onto the Lincolnville Ferry and became stuck on the ramp.

Lincolnville — Driving straight through the chain at the Lincolnville Ferry Terminal did not get a driver onto the boat any faster May 13.

Instead, the 89-year-old driver of a Ford pick-up truck found himself teetering from the ramp 15 to 20 feet in the air as the ferry was called back to the pen.

The incident started at about 2 p.m. when Joseph M. Hughes of Islesboro was attempting to load his truck on the afternoon ferry to the island. He did not stop as directed by the ferry's ramp operator, according to a report from Maine State Police Trooper Tyler Harrington.

The ferry, which had already left the docks, came back into the pen so the ramp could be lowered to allow the truck's front tires to raise up, according to a Lincolnville Fire Department log.

There were no injuries and Hughes had exited the vehicle before emergency responders arrived.

He told police he did not understand the chain prohibited him from loading his vehicle onto the ferry, according to the report.

(Courtesy of: Maine State Ferry Service)
(Courtesy of: Maine State Ferry Service)
Comments (4)
Posted by: James M Thomas | May 19, 2017 10:41

I would suspect that there are a great many elderly who give up their licenses when they begin to see their driving abilities become increasingly impaired, and they do so voluntarily to "do the right thing."  I certainly would be in that category when I get there (which won't be that long at my age). There are also undoubtedly many elderly that stubbornly insist they be allowed to drive even when others see their driving abilities deteriorate.  I remember one of the scariest drives in memory happened in Florida when my elderly mother, who did not drive at night, had another elderly woman pick me up at the airport.  It was quickly apparent this woman had like -0- night vision and was essentially driving blind.

Posted by: Paul Sheridan | May 17, 2017 07:51

Valerie: why discriminate against older drivers?

Here is the thing, you can be a poor driver at any age.

If, as a society we are truly interested in road safety, we need to retest after the initial license. (not just "renew" every four years for Seniors, instead of six--what does that solve?)

Why not do it on a periodic schedule that is easy to remember: ten-year anniversaries from your very first license?

Thus, start at age 16 for example.   Then, at age 26 you get another written, vision (BTW, a REAL vision test, by a licensed optometrist!), and road test.

Same at ages 36, 46, 56, 66, 76, 86, 96, 106, etc. , or 10 year anniversaries of whatever age you started.  If you fail, you have 30 days to study up, get retrained, get new eyeglasses so you might pass the tests again.

People can be a menace on the road at any age: drinking/drug problems, arrogance, inexperience, simple lack of knowledge.

Expensive, you say?  Factor the cost of hospital bills, rehab, police, ambulance, fire, road workers, etc.  Not to mention deaths.   What is THAT cost?

Within a generation or two, the culture behind the wheel would change, and people would stop thinking they could drive * just fine after a few drinks...* and other poor presumptions.

If we are truly serious about road safety....and not just grandstanding.

Tell your state reps and senators: RETEST at any age!

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | May 17, 2017 07:39

The State cannot get distracted drivers off the roads and they are far more dangerous than most older drivers. The thought of dealing with DMV for a road test at 80 would discourage me enough to call a cab.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | May 17, 2017 06:47

Thank goodness that this turned out the way it did.  Many many older person's have their licenses that should not.  It is a very difficult decision for the family, doctor,  and police to take away a older person's license.  DMV does not require a road test ever, when you are in your eighties and beyond.  This poses a problem for not only the driver but others on the road.  I seriously believe this 89 year old man when he said he didn't know about the chain.  Many older drivers get confused when they are driving.  My father in law, will be 94 in August.  His license comes up for renewal this year.  He should pass his eye exam because he has had cataract surgery on both eyes. I believe he will get his license renewed.  As a family, taking away his license from him would mean that he had no more independence.  It is very difficult to have to take away the very thing that keeps your parent (s) independent.  I wish someone with come up with a plan.  If DMV gave road tests to everyone that turned 80 and then every 4 years after that, maybe that would help.

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The Camden Herald editor Kim Lincoln has worked for Courier Publications since 2003.

During her time with the company she has worked for each of the three newspapers, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal.

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