A Mexico man was injured severely Monday night when he lost control of his car after hitting a dead deer on U.S. Route 2 and crashed into a loaded pulp truck.

Gerald Pelletier, 50, was hospitalized at Central Maine Medical Center and still was being treated as of Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from Department of Public Safety spokesman Steven McCausland. He did not have details on Pelletier’s injuries. The crash was reported about 9:45 p.m.

The driver of the six-axle truck, Bernard Roy, 31, of Passumpsic, Vermont, suffered minor injuries but did not require hospitalization, McCausland said.

Immediately before the crash, Pelletier ran over a dead deer lying in the road, which caused him to lose control of his vehicle and veer into the path of the oncoming truck, according to McCausland. The deer had been hit and killed by another vehicle moments before the crash, he said. No criminal or civil charges are expected in connection with the crash.

U.S. Route 2 around the crash site was closed for most of the night because the six-axle truck had overturned and spilled part of its load of logs, McCausland said in the release.

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