OLD TOWN — Officials say a 54-year-old Maine contractor has died after he somehow fell into a hopper while delivering wood chips at a pulp mill.

Police say they believe Mark Guay was preparing his chip trailer to be unloaded when he climbed up onto his trailer, lost his balance and fell about 25 feet to the bottom of a chip machine’s hopper Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say no one at the Expera mill in Old Town saw the fall. A crane was used to remove his body from the hopper, which is a container for bulk material. It typically opens at the bottom to release its contents.

Guay, of Norridgewock, was a truck driver for Richard Carrier Trucking.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

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