May 26, 2018
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Belfast man hospitalized after crash in Thorndike

By Walter Griffin

BELFAST, Maine — A city man was LifeFlighted 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 received fractures in the legs and hip area 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 suddenly 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 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 totaled Finden’s vehicle. Fire units from Thorndike and Freedom responded to the scene and Finden was treated by Unity Ambulance personnel before being taken to the high school where the ambulance was met by the LifeFlight helicopter, which transported Finden to Eastern Maine Medical Center early Sunday.

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

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

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