EDDINGTON, Maine — A father and son visiting Maine from New York were taken to a Bangor hospital Tuesday morning after the son dozed off at the wheel of the car they were riding in and crashed into a guardrail near the intersection of Route 9 and Hill Street.
Gary Engelberg, 51, and his 87-year-old father, Lazar Engelberg, of Middletown, N.Y., were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, Deputy Daren Mason of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said.
Mason said a small therapy dog went along for the ambulance ride, while a pet dog that was in the vehicle was taken to the Bangor Humane Society Shelter to be cared for until its owner could pick it up.
An EMMC nursing supervisor said both Engelbergs were released from the hospital later in the day.
According to Mason, the accident occurred about 8 a.m. when Gary Engelberg fell asleep at the wheel of his 1995 Mercedes Benz automobile and struck the edge of a guardrail head-on, peeling the end up about six feet into the air.
The momentum from the crash then caused the car to spin close to the edge of a steep incline, where it came to a stop, Mason said.
“They were lucky,” Mason said. “It could have been real bad. Thank God the guardrail did not go through the windshield,” he said, crediting seat belts and the Mercedes’ solid construction for preventing more serious injuries to the two men.
Mason said that Gary Engelberg was fatigued when the accident occurred because he already had been driving for five hours. No charges are expected in connection with the accident.
Mason said he was assisted at the accident scene by state police troopers and police officers from Brewer.