ARUNDEL — A Massachusetts man escaped serious injury when the tractor-trailer truck he was driving careened off the Maine Turnpike southbound Monday morning, police said.

Michael Rossi, 36, of Woburn, Mass., swerved to avoid another truck also headed south but traveling more slowly in front of him.

Rossi’s truck went off the road and into a stand of trees, said Maine State Police Trooper Gavin Hager. The cab of the truck was destroyed and Rossi was taken to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford for treatment of minor injuries.

Witnesses told police the truck in front of Rossi’s was traveling at the speed of other traffic when Rossi came upon it quickly. Hager said the crash could have been much more serious if the truck had been loaded or if Rossi had hit another vehicle.

Christina Conway came upon the crash shortly after it happened. She saw skid marks from the truck’s tires along the west side of the road that veered off toward the trees. She said she was amazed the driver wasn’t seriously injured.

“It looked so horrific,” she said. “It looked like a twisted tin can, like somebody took a dishtowel and rung it out.”

The truck is owned by W.L. French Jr. Trucking Co. of North Bellerica.

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