Van Buren man seriously injured in collision with logging truck in Orient

Maine State Police report a Van Buren man was seriously injured Friday morning when two log trucks collided head-on on Highway 1 in Orient.

According to Sgt. Chadwick Fuller of Troupe F.

Initial investigation revealed that 31-year-old James “Jimmy” Walsh of Van Buren was heading north in a 2021 Western Star tractor-trailer when he crossed the opposite lane.

Police say Larry Belanger, 66, of Mapleton, was driving south in a 2014 Peterbilt tractor-trailer and tried to swerve into the northbound lane to avoid a crash, but hit the other logging truck from full force.

Walsh’s rig veered off the road, plowed the snow up a slight embankment, and knocked over its load of logs. He was reportedly trapped in the cabin until EMS personnel were able to rescue him.

Walsh was transported by LifeFlight to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious injuries.

Belanger suffered what police say were minor injuries in the collision.

The accident is still under investigation. We will have more details as they become available.

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