• January 04, 2023

Gary D. Hesketh Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Poland, ME

Poland, ME -- January 2, 2023, Gary D. Hesketh was killed following an accident where a car crashed into a tractor-trailer.

Details from the Androscoggin County Sheriff's department said that the incident took at around 7:40 a.m. along Harris Hill Road. Exact circumstances remain unclear, but it was said that 41-year-old Gary D. Hesketh was in a vehicle which crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer which "was stopped on the side of the road." Due to the collision, Hesketh ultimately succumbed to fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Gary D. Hesketh Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Poland, ME

I certainly can't say I have any information here beyond what's in the news, but certain details concern me that these details are far from telling the full story. One detail, for example, is a photo published by WGME's website and Facebook page. What I've seen is incredibly poor quality, but the photo appears to show a semi-truck which is almost entirely locking the narrow roadway. Available images of the road online show this to be a rather narrow road, as opposed to a highway with a dedicated emergency lane.

So was this truck really "on the side of the road?" Is the truck in the picture uninvolved? Was it moved? Or was the truck "on the side of the road" actually stationary and blocking half a lane of travel? I'm not bringing this up to throw blame around or to call the statements from authorities into question. But if further investigations showed that these initial details painted an inaccurate picture of the events, it would be far from the first time.

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