Ellsworth Police Officers investigate the scene of a tow truck, which crashed into a Bridge Hill house Thursday afternoon after the truck "lost its brakes," police reported. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN
Ellsworth Police Officers investigate the scene of a tow truck, which crashed into a Bridge Hill house Thursday afternoon after the truck "lost its brakes," police reported. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Tow truck’s bad brakes eyed as cause of Main Street crash



Ellsworth police and firefighters tend to a car that was struck by a tow truck near the Ellsworth post office Thursday afternoon. The tow truck had lost its brakes and continued traveling down Main Street, before coming to rest against a house on Bridge Hill. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN
Ellsworth police and firefighters tend to a car that was struck by a tow truck near the Ellsworth post office Thursday afternoon. The tow truck had lost its brakes and continued traveling down Main Street, before coming to rest against a house on Bridge Hill. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

ELLSWORTH — A tow truck lost its brakes near the intersection of Main and High streets Thursday, traveled backward down Main Street and hit two vehicles before striking an apartment building at the bottom of Bridge Hill across from Rooster Brother.

An occupant of one of the vehicles was taken to the hospital with “minor injuries,” according to police. Officer Toni Ryan gave the driver of the tow truck credit for being able to maneuver backward down Main Street and across the bridge. Two tenants who were in the apartment building were evacuated and sustained no injuries. All of the vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

A state trooper investigating the crash found the tow truck had “no brake pads,” according to Ryan.

County Ambulance, the Ellsworth Fire Department and Ellsworth police officers responded to the scene.

 

 

 

 

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