EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

November 20, 2013

Driverless-less dump truck rolls into pond

PELHAM — An unoccupied 10-wheeled dump truck rolled out of a driveway, across Debbie Drive and into a nearby pond Tuesday evening.

The truck owner, Michael Berton of Berton Trucking, had parked the vehicle in his driveway, but failed to lock the brakes, police said.

Berton was inside his home when he heard a loud noise at about 7 p.m., police said, and discovered the dump truck in about 5 feet of water in a neighbor’s pond.

The state Department of Environmental Services and the Southern New Hampshire Regional Hazmat Technical Team were notified by Pelham fire officials.

Woody’s Garage and Towing managed to pull the truck, a black 2001 LT9500 dump truck, out of the pond.

There were no signs any fluid had leaked from the truck, nor any signs of environmental concerns, police said. There were no injuries nor property damage as a result of the incident.

The truck, however, has some problems.

The New Hampshire State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit also responded to the scene and discovered some issues with the truck’s brakes.

Trooper Derek Holston inspected the truck and found multiple violations with the braking system. The truck was taken out of service and ordered not to be driven until fixed.

No charges are expected, based on a preliminary investigation, police said.

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