ANSON — An Anson man suffered head injuries Thursday morning after ramming his pickup truck into the rear end of a fully loaded dump truck, police said.

Jack Frost Jr., 29, was driving a 2006 Ford F-150 south on Route 43 in the direction of Starks village when the accident happened just before 10:30 a.m., said Dale Lancaster, chief deputy of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. Frost’s truck was towing a short utility trailer with a lawn tractor on board, Lancaster said.

Lancaster said Frost’s truck slammed into the 1999 Sterling dump truck, registered to Merle Lloyd & Son contractors, of Anson, and driven by Larry Knox, 52, of Norridgewock. Both vehicles were going in the same direction, Lancaster said.

Knox had pulled over to the side of the road to make a call on his cellphone when Frost pickup hit the dump truck, which was loaded with gravel. There were no skid marks and no sign that Frost had tried to stop or slow down. Lancaster said the road along that section of Route 43 has a “view that is clear and straight”.

“The Ford pickup truck came up behind and ran into the rear of the dump truck, rolls over several times and comes to rest on the driver’s side. The pickup truck was totaled,” Lancaster said. “He climbed out of the pickup truck and started communicating and then he just stopped.”

Frost was taken by AMS Ambulance to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan with head injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Lancaster.

The sheriff’s department is investigating the crash. The speed limit along that section of highway is 45 mph.

The accident scene is about a quarter of a mile from that of a fatal accident also involving a loaded dump truck in September 2013. Walter Cowan, 84 of Anson, was picking up cans and bottles by the side of the road on Route 43 in Starks near the Anson line when a dump truck hit him.

The dump truck, a 2005 International registered to the town of Starks, was driven by Ronald Giguere, 71, of Solon, a Starks employee. Lancaster said the office of Somerset County district attorney still is investigating that crash, he said.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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