Littleton man in critical condition after crash

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 17, 2009, at 11:09 a.m.

HOULTON, Maine — A Littleton man was in critical condition Thursday at a Bangor hospital after a three-vehicle crash a day earlier on North Street.

James Westerdahl, 75, was southbound in his 1999 GMC truck about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday when a tire blew out, according to Houlton police Officer Jared Sylvia.

Westerdahl lost control and swerved into the northbound lane, directly into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer truck.

Sylvia said James Sprague, 57, of Nobleboro swerved his 2000 Freightliner when he saw Westerdahl’s vehicle.

“He swerved and was able to avoid him with the truck, but the last two tires of the trailer rolled over Westerdahl’s vehicle,” Sylvia said.

The trailer was not loaded.

Melissa Radatv, 25, of Houlton was following Sprague’s truck. She saw what occurred and tried to avoid the crash, but pieces of debris struck her 2001 Dodge truck, Sylvia said.

Radatv’s truck went off the road. She was wearing a sea belt and suffered minor injuries. Sprague also was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.

Both Radatv and Sprague were taken by Houlton Ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital and were treated then released that same evening.

Westerdahl, who was not wearing a seat belt, had to be extricated from his truck. He was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

All vehicles involved received extensive damage.

Sylvia was assisted at the scene by Houlton police Officer Erica Pelletier and Lt. Daniel Pelletier. The Houlton Fire Department and Maine State Police also assisted.

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