Newport couple hurt in Corinna rollover

Posted Jan. 08, 2010, at 10:43 p.m.

CORINNA, Maine — A Newport couple was taken to a Bangor hospital Friday for treatment of injuries they suffered when the minivan they were riding in rolled over on Stetson Road.

Roger Dow, 62, was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of head injuries, Deputy James Kennedy of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Friday. He said that the man’s injuries were serious, but not considered life-threatening.

Marie Dow, 44, who suffered back and shoulder injuries, was taken to EMMC by ambulance, Kennedy said.

According to a nursing supervisor at EMMC later Friday, Roger Dow was in fair condition, and Marie Dow was treated and released.

According to Kennedy, the accident happened shortly after 3 p.m., when Marie Dow reportedly dozed off at the wheel of the 2001 Chevrolet Venture she was driving.

The minivan drifted off the edge of the roadway, striking the guardrail of a bridge that spans a small stream, causing the vehicle to roll over several times before coming to rest on its wheels, Kennedy said.

Kennedy said that the couple’s injuries likely would not have been as serious had they been wearing seat belts.

“I think it would have helped because he [Roger Dow] was thrown around” inside the van, Kennedy said.

The accident remained under investigation Friday night.

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