SPECIAL DELIVERY: UPS Truck Crashes Into, Totals Part of Red’s Eats in Maine
It was quite a scene at one of the most popular tourist-visited restaurants in the entire state on Sunday, August 27.
According to the Kennebec Journal, a driver operating a truck registered to UPS crashed into the patio at Red's Eats just before 6 a.m. on Sunday. The restaurant was closed at the time.
The Freightliner truck crossed over the northbound lanes, struck a granite post, and then crashed into the deck at Red's Eats, according to the newspaper. Fortunately, no injuries were reported as a result of the crash.
The driver of the UPS truck, 37-year-old Charles Moss, told police that he hydroplaned, which caused the loss of control and the crash, according to the Kennebec Journal.
However, investigating officers reported that there was no evidence to back up those initial claims, the newspaper reported. Instead, police are reporting that driver fatigue, along with speed, were the likely culprits in the crash.
Red's Eats owner, Debbie Gagnon, told reporters that the crash "totaled" the entire patio. She told the Kennebec Journal in part,
“The impact shifted the entire deck, broke light posts, tables, planters and lumber. The cement is cracked and damaged, the granite bollard was thrown through the bottom of the deck and ripped right off the sidewalk.”
No charges are expected to be filed in the crash.
Currently, the tables that were on the patio have been moved and Red's Eats is asking customers who wish to dine on location to utilize the picnic tables that are near the Sheepscot River, according to the KJ.