June 23, 2018
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Belfast motorist injured in crash

By Walter Griffin

BELFAST, Maine — A city man was taken by LifeFlight helicpoter to a Bangor hospital with multiple fractures and facial cuts after his car veered off the road and slammed into a pickup truck parked in a Thorndike yard Saturday night.

Paul Finden, 48, of High Street suffered fractures in his legs and hip as a result of the crash. He also suffered cuts to his face after hitting the windshield of his early-1990s Subaru wagon. Finden was not wearing a seat belt, Maine State Police Trooper Thomas Welch said Monday.

Finden was traveling south on Route 220 at 11:58 p.m. when his car veered across the opposite travel lane, went onto a lawn and ran into the back of a parked pickup truck. The crash occurred about a mile north of Mount View High School.

“We don’t know why he went off the road,” Welch said. He added that although it had snowed earlier that day, “road conditions had nothing to do with it. It was a straight stretch of road and was dry as a bone at the time.”

The impact destroyed Finden’s vehicle. Fire units from Thorndike and Freedom assisted at the scene, and Finden was treated by Unity Ambulance personnel before a LifeFlight helicopter took him to Eastern Maine Medical Center early Sunday.

Welch said it did not appear that alcohol was a factor in the wreck but Finden was given a blood test.

No charges were filed, although the accident remains under investigation.



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