Driver burned in pickup crash

Posted Dec. 11, 2008, at 6:58 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine – A man involved in a burning pickup truck accident early Wednesday morning at the intersection of Summer Street and Woodland Road was taken in serious condition with internal injuries to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Alcohol and speed were factors in the accident, Deputy Police Chief Wallace Tower of Rockland said Thursday.

According to the police report, Adam Roberson, 26, of Rockland and Dustin Reed, 26, of Friendship were in a 1995 GMC pickup truck registered to Todd Donogue, 33, of Greene.

The truck appeared to be traveling at a “very high rate of speed” on Summer Street toward Woodland Avenue, the report stated. The truck struck a tree, bounced off and landed in another large tree.

The accident was reported at 12:49 a.m. as a structure fire to the Rockland Fire Department.

Reed told police he removed himself from the truck, and he claims to have pulled Roberson from the truck, which then started burning.

The truck was demolished before it burst into flames, the report said.

Roberson was taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport before being taken to EMMC and was released Thursday.

Reed had nonlife-threatening injuries and was treated and released from Pen Bay Medical Center, police said.

Police still are investigating the accident to determine who was driving, Tower said. There is no indication that anyone else was involved in the crash, he added.

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