EMBDEN — A blown tire caused a tractor-trailer to crash Friday evening on Kennebec River Road in Embden, sending the truck into a ditch and spilling a load of manure, according to a law enforcement official.

The driver, Jacob Bryant, 47, of Knox was northbound on Kennebec River Road at 5:25 p.m. when a front tire on the passenger side blew out, Deputy Chief Mike Mitchell of the Somerset County Sheriff’s office said.

Bryant was not injured in the crash, according to Mitchell.

“The vehicle was driven off the left side of the roadway into the ditch and struck a utility pole,” Mitchell wrote in an email. “The truck tipped over onto its side, dumping the manure that he was hauling into the ditch and roadway.”

The crash occurred at the intersection with Bert Berry Road, according to Mitchell, who said Kennebec River Road was closed for more than four hours so the truck could be uprighted and the manure cleaned up.

Mitchell said the truck was hauling manure from the Food Farm, formerly the Williams Farms Inc., in North Anson.

Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputy William Crawford IV investigated the crash and received help from the Anson and Bingham fire departments, according to Mitchell.

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