ETNA, Maine — A young volunteer firefighter from town who was pinned underneath his vehicle after crashing early Tuesday was rescued by fellow emergency responders.
Aaron Brown, 19, apparently overcorrected while traveling in his Ford Ranger on Lakins Road around 1:30 a.m., causing the vehicle to roll, Forrest Simpson, Maine State Police trooper, said later that day.
“He was ejected from his vehicle and was pinned underneath, with the vehicle laying on its side,” he said.
Etna Fire-Rescue crews responded and worked to free Brown, who was pinned “from the waist down,” using hydraulic equipment and ropes, the trooper said, adding, “He knew everybody there.”
After tilting the truck back, emergency crews were able to pull Brown free and he appeared to escape major injury, Simpson said.
“It’s a miracle times 10,” he said.
Brown was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Family members reported to Simpson later in the day that Brown, who was bruised and sore, had a relatively minor head injury.
“A concussion was the extent of the injuries, at this time,” he said.
Often when pinned people are removed from beneath vehicles, internal injuries result, the trooper said.
“It’s very unusual that he didn’t get hurt worse than he did,” he said.
Brown lived only a short distance from where he crashed. His girlfriend told police that Brown jumped up and said he was late for work and headed out the door, but “he was several hours early for work,” the trooper said.
“We’re not real sure what he was doing,” he said. “He had no recollection of what happened or how he had gotten to the hospital.”
Alcohol does not seem to be involved, he added.
“He’s a very lucky man,” Simpson said. “I hope he realizes that the next time he thinks about not wearing his seat belt.”