A West Gardiner man died Friday afternoon when the dump truck he was driving on Doyle Road in Whitefield left the road, overturned and struck a tree, said a spokesman from the Maine State Police in a news release.

The man, 62-year-old Robert Frith, was hauling gravel along the dirt road for a Farmingdale company when his truck left the road around 1:30 p.m., said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Frith died at the scene.

The dirt road remained closed at 5 p.m. as Maine State Police investigated the crash and equipment was brought in to remove the truck, which had been full of gravel, McCausland said.

Frith was an employee of BHS Inc. in Farmingdale, according to police.

State police responded to a report of the accident because it involved a commercial vehicle. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Whitefield and Jefferson fire departments and Delta Ambulance also sent units to the accident scene, according to a Lincoln County police dispatcher.

Charles Eichacker — 621-5642

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