ROCKPORT, Maine — A local man was cut out of his car with an extrication device Sunday evening after an accident that closed part of Route 1 for more than an hour and a half.
Donald Sanbento, 64, of Rockport was driving a green Chevrolet Lumina south near the Claddagh Motel at 4:51 p.m. Sunday when he apparently drove into an oncoming motor home, according to Rockport police Officer Dana Smith.
After being taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Sanbento was found to have suffered a broken leg and a ruptured spleen in the accident and was flown to Maine Medical Center in Portland by LifeFlight of Maine emergency helicopter.
“He was possibly intoxicated,” Smith said.
Danny and Angel Ireland of Lincoln were driving the motor home and received “minor cuts” in the accident, Smith said.
“They were shaken up, of course,” Smith said.
The speed limit on that section of Route 1 is 40 mph but heavy traffic coming from the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland may have slowed things down on the road, according to the officer.
Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt, Smith said, and Sanbento’s air bag deployed.
“It was a fortunate thing,” the officer said.
Rockland police shut down Route 1 until about 6:30 p.m., but not before cars were backed up for miles, he said.
Camden First Aid Association, Rockport police, Rockport Fire Department, Rockland Police Department and Rockland EMTs assisted at the scene.