Two hurt when truck hits car on Route 31 Traffic limited to one lane

September 29, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Two people received minor injuries about 3:15 p.m. yesterday in a crash between a tractor-trailer and a Ford Escort in which the car was flipped onto its roof and the tractor ran up an embankment on Route 31 at Stone Chapel Road.

Gary Stouffer, 50, of Bangor, Maine, said, "I was driving the tractor south on Route 31, heading for the McGregor Printing Co., talking with another driver on the CB radio getting directions to the plant, returned the microphone to the hanger, reached to the ashtray for my cigarette and looked ahead to see the car stopped directly in front of me.

"I swerved to the right, and the left rear wheels of the tractor hit the rear of the car and I went off the road and up the hill," he said. "I'm glad the front of the truck didn't hit him."

Wayne Grynowicki, 27, of Alaska, the driver of the car, and Nancy Potter, 51, of Maine, a passenger in the truck, were taken to Carroll County General Hospital for treatment.

Mr. Grynowicki, who had stopped to wait for northbound traffic to clear before making a left turn onto Stone Chapel Road, crawled out of his overturned car before police and fire rescue units arrived, officials said.

Ms. Potter, a friend of the truck driver, was in the sleeping compartment of the tractor at the time of the crash and was thrown around as the tractor went up the hill. Police said the brackets on the right side of the compartment broke and it tilted off its base.

Traffic was confined to one lane of Route 31 until the Ford was righted and taken away. A tow truck was brought in to assist in getting the tractor-trailer off the hill and back on the road.

Mr. Stouffer was not injured.

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