A tractor-trailer rolled over Wednesday afternoon on state Route 3 in Vassalboro when its driver swerved to avoid a pickup truck. A section of Route 3 was closed for about five hours while emergency workers dealt with the accident. No one was injured, according to officials. Vassalboro Fire Department photo

VASSALBORO — State Route 3 in Vassalboro was closed for about five hours Wednesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer rolled over at the intersection near Legion Park Road.

The tractor-trailer, carrying Central Maine Power Co. equipment to Belfast, rolled at about 2 p.m. when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a pickup truck, according to Capt. Benji Rowe of the Vassalboro Fire Department.

Rowe said the section of the Route 3 road was reopened to traffic at about 7 p.m.

The 2013 Toyota Tundra pickup, driven by Ira Simmons, 63, of South China had entered Route 3 from Stone Road, Kennebec County Sheriff Ken Mason wrote in a media advisory released Thursday.

Marca Manson, 64, of Burnham, who was driving the 1996 Volvo semi truck, swerved to the right when avoiding the pickup truck, according to officials.

The tractor-trailer caught the shoulder of the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over, blocking traffic in both directions.

No one involved in the accident, including a passenger in the pickup tuck, reported injuries at the scene, Mason wrote in his media advisory.

The tractor-trailer, owned by Allen’s Transfer & Storage of Augusta, was hauling transformers and other electrical equipment.

Fuel was leaking from the tractor-trailer along with fluid from some transformers, according to Mason. As a result, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was notified.

Several emergency crews responded to the accident, including the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, Vassalboro Rescue, the China Fire Department, the Maine State Police, the Maine Department of Transportation and Delta Ambulance.

A semi truck rolled over Wednesday afternoon on state Route 3 in Vassalboro when its driver swerved to avoid a pickup truck. A section of Route 3 was closed for about five hours while emergency workers dealt with the accident. No one was injured, according to officials. Vassalboro Fire Department photo

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