WMass trucker crashed potato truck while avoiding moose

Image Courtesy: Maine State Police
Image Courtesy: Maine State Police
Image Courtesy: Maine State Police
Image Courtesy: Maine State Police

RICHMOND, Maine (AP) — Maine Police say a tractor trailer driven by a man from western Massachusetts spilled hundreds of potatoes near Interstate 295 after swerving to avoid hitting a moose.

The truck, driven by 63-year-old Marc Benoit of Hampden, Massachusetts, crashed while driving on the southbound side of the highway in Raymond, Maine Tuesday night. Police say the box portion of the truck split in half, spilling the load on the side of the highway. Benoit suffered minor injuries to his legs and was taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

Benoit told state troopers he swerved to avoid a moose in the southbound lane in Richmond. Police say the vehicle went off the median side of the road, traveled several hundred feet, struck a crossover embankment and came to rest on the other side of the highway.

The truck was bound for Connecticut at the time of the accident.

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