December 11, 2013

Former Skowhegan resident seriously injured when truck rolls over him

The man, Kirby Turcotte, 69, of Derry, N.H., pulled the truck up onto a wooden ramp to have a look underneath after having engine trouble, Skowhegan Police Chief Ted Blais said at the scene.

By Doug Harlow dharlow@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

And Rachel Ohm

SKOWHEGAN — A New Hampshire man who was rolled over by a heavy flatbed truck Wednesday afternoon was injured seriously and had multiple broken ribs, according to his sister.

The injured man, Kirby Turcotte, is being treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, said Abbie Provencher, Turcotte’s sister, who lives on North Avenue near where the accident took place around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Turcotte was conscious and able to talk early Wednesday evening, but Provencher said she didn’t have any further information on his condition.

A nursing supervisor at the hospital also said no information was available on Turcotte’s condition.

Turcotte, who lives in Derry, N.H., but has been staying with his sister for the last month, works in the construction business and has a big truck that he was working on while the truck was being held up on a wood plank, said his sister. She said she thinks the plank fell out somehow, causing the truck to fall and roll over her brother.

“I’ve been to the hospital and saw him. They were immediately bringing him to Bangor, so I don’t know too much at this point,” Provencher said.

Several people who were walking by witnessed the accident and helped get Turcotte out from under the truck, Provencher said. He originally was taken by ambulance to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan.

According to Skowhegan police Chief Ted Blais, the truck’s left wheel rolled onto Turcotte’s chest while he was trying to figure out the cause of some engine problems. He said the truck, a 2005 Chevy 3500 1-ton with a Duramax diesel engine, is about as heavy as a domestic truck can be and that Turcotte’s injuries could be life-threatening.

Turcotte is originally from Skowhegan, and the truck was in the driveway of his sister’s home at the corner of Chandler Street, Blais said.

“He climbed underneath there and the truck rolled back, right on top of him,” Blais said. “Fortunately, a couple of folks saw it and ran right over and got the truck off him. They jumped right in and pulled it forward.”

Doug Harlow — 612-2367dharlow@centralmaine.comTwitter: @Doug_Harlow

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368rohm@centralmaine.com

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