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Truck Rolls Off Embankment In Eastport - Dec. 07, 2012

EASTPORT, Maine (WQDY NEWS)-- Two Lubec women were injured after being ejected from a pickup truck before it rolled off an embankment in the city's north end and landed on a beach.


The incident happened shortly after 9 a.m. Friday.



ABOVE: Truck landed upright on the beach-WQDY NEWS PHOTO


Eastport Police Officer Rodney Merritt told WQDY NEWS two women in their 70's had stopped by the Sunrise Opportunities facility on Clark Street to pick up some jewelry from a friend.



ABOVE: Eastport firefighters and Down EMS crews get ready to transport both women to Calais Regional Hospital-WQDY NEWS PHOTO


"When they came back out their vehicle -- it looks to me like their vehicle was in gear -- it started rolling.  In the process, one of the ladies was ejected and got her leg hurt. The other lady was also ejected. It appears right now there were minor injuries but the vehicle was totalled," Merritt said.


"Fortunately, we didn't have anyone seriously hurt."


There were dogs in the truck. One was immediately recovered -- the other went missing.


UPDATE ON DEC. 12: EASTPORT POLICE CHIEF MARK EMERY TELLS WQDY NEWS THE MISSING DOG HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS BACK HOME IN LUBEC.



ABOVE: Eastport Police Officer Rodney Merritt walks the beach as Bob Lyons, Jr. (right) sizes up what it'll take the pull this extended cab Chevy Silverado up off the beach-WQDY NEWS PHOTO


There are no barricades across the end of Clark Street to keep a vehicle from going over the bank except a few uprights and an old picnic table.



ABOVE: Looking off the end of Clark Street-WQDY NEWS PHOTO


In Friday's incident, the truck scraped a tree but didn't catch enough of it to stop it from going over the edge. 


The tide was out when the crash happened. The truck's spare tire came loose rolled down the beach and into the water where it was quickly taken  out into the bay on a swift current. 


STORY/PICTURES: Tom McLaughlin WQDY-WALZ news@wqdy.fm