Car rolls into lake, injuring driver

Posted Nov. 18, 2009, at 8:31 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.

ORLAND, Maine — A man was injured Wednesday afternoon when his vehicle rolled into Alamoosook Lake.

According to Lt. Rob Conary of the Orland Fire Department, the man and his wife, whose names and address were not immediately available, had driven to Fish Hatchery Road to visit family-owned property. The driver left the vehicle in neutral and when they got out, it began to roll downhill toward the lake.

The vehicle’s door was still open and the man tried to get back in to stop the car, Conary said, but it was moving pretty fast at that point. The man injured his leg in the attempt. The car rolled into the lake. The man was able to get out of the vehicle, and he and his wife were waiting on shore when rescue crews arrived.

It appears that the vehicle floated away from shore before sinking to the bottom, Conary said. It was sitting in 3½ to 4 feet of water about 30 feet from shore when emergency crews arrived on the scene. A tow truck was able to remove the vehicle from the lake, he said.

The man was taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth. There was no word on his condition Wednesday evening.

A small amount of unidentified fluid leaked from the vehicle while it was in the water, Conary said. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection was notified and planned to inspect the site, he said.

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