Update 4:10pm

JACKMAN — A logging truck has crashed into a western Maine home, sending logs rolling into the house and killing a 5-year-old boy.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department said the truck was passing through Jackman, Maine, near the Canadian border at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when it struck telephone poles, crashed into the home and spilled its logs.

The sheriff’s department said Liam Mahaney, the son of the house owners, was sleeping on a downstairs couch when he was struck and killed. Nobody else inside was injured.

The truck driver, 57-year-old Christian Cloutier of Quebec, was taken to a Bangor hospital with unknown injuries. Cloutier told the sheriff’s department that he fell asleep at the wheel.

 

11:20 pm

JACKMAN — A 5-year-old boy was killed when a Canadian logging truck crashed into his home on Main Street early Tuesday.

The boy was sleeping on the couch when the logs rolled inside, killing him, around 2:30 a.m.

The tractor trailer truck hauling logs had been driving south on U.S. Route 201 when it struck telephone poles and crashed into the house, Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi, with the Somerset Sheriff’s Office, said.

Police are not yet releasing the name of the male driver or the boy.

The Canadian driver was taken from Jackman Region Health Center to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The extent of his injuries were not immediately known by police, but they appeared to be non-life-threatening, Gottardi said.

Route 201 was shut down for a couple hours until one lane of traffic was opened. The accident is under review by the district attorney’s office, which will decide whether charges should be filed.

“It’s just very tragic. We had a small child that unfortunately lost his life,” Gottardi said.


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