Trucker suffers medical problem, hits motorcycle

14 years ago

Trucker suffers medical problem, hits motorcycle

By Kathy McCarty
Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE — A Fort Fairfield man escaped serious injury July 7 at approximately 1 p.m. when a tractor-trail truck sideswiped his motorcycle as he traveled along the Centerline Road, southeast of the city. 

      According to the Presque Isle Police Department log, David Belanger, 25, of Fort Fairfield, reported the incident via 9-1-1. He stated he witnessed an 18-wheeler driving erratically and that the operator narrowly missed hitting several other vehicles. Belanger also indicated the truck had torn off his side view mirror as it passed.
       Belanger told police he was traveling toward Presque Isle on the Centerline Road when he came upon the truck, headed south. After the truck struck his mirror, he turned around and attempted to get the driver’s attention. The truck eventually stopped on the Centerline Road near the intersection with Route 1.
      Officer Rob Thibeault of the PIPD responded to the scene. Upon arrival, Thibeault found the operator of the truck, identified as Denis R. Morin, 50, of Windsor, Vt., on the side of the road in apparent medical distress.
       Another witness told Thibeault she saw the truck at the curve by the Wesleyan Church in Presque Isle and reported it was driving erratically then as well. Crown Ambulance arrived and administered care to Morin, who reportedly was unable to move his left arm or leg. Officials concluded the truck driver had most likely suffered a stroke. Morin was transported to The Aroostook Medical Center for treatment. No word on his condition was available at presstime.
      The trucking company (which was not identified in the log) was contacted and arrangements were made for someone to come remove the truck. Belanger’s motorcycle sustained minimal damage; he was unhurt as a result of the incident.