A New Sharon man was seriously injured when he backed out of his driveway into the path of a tractor-trailer on U.S. Route 2 Thursday.

John Pelletier, 62, was backing up in his  2000 Ford Ranger pickup at about 4 p.m. when he was hit by an eastbound tractor-trailer driven by Darrell Spaulding, 42, of Sangerville, according to state polic.

Pelletier was seriously injured and taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital, then later transferred to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. HIs condition wasn’t available Friday afternoon.

Spaulding couldn’t avoid Pelletier’s truck, according to a press release Friday from Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

The tractor-trailer,  owned by Phoenix Trucking of Harmony, was not loaded. It crossed the road and came to rest on the other side. Pelletier’s pickup sustained massive damage to the front driver’s side and ended up in the ditch at the side of the road, according to the press release.

Spaulding was not injured in the crash.

Alcohol and driver inattention are being considered contributing factors, McCausland said.

U.S. 2 was closed to traffic for about four hours.  State police, New Sharon and Farmington Fire Departments assisted as well as Franklin County Sheriff Deputies.  

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