June 23, 2018
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Man escapes from Prentiss rollover unharmed

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

PRENTISS, Maine — An unidentified man escaped without injury when his car rolled over as it went through a very sharp curve at Averill Road and Center Street on Wednesday, state police said.

The man, who declined to give his name, said he was headed southbound in a Toyota Camry on Averill Road, also known as Route 169, when the accident happened shortly after 2 p.m.

“Obviously, I wasn’t anticipating this,” the man said. “I was told by somebody that this was a shortcut, that I could pick up Route 169 in Danforth to Route 6 to get to I-95 rather than take Route 1.

“It’s the first time I have been on this road,” he added. “I didn’t think I was going all that fast.”

The man said he did not see a road sign just north of the intersection advising that the curve was sharp and setting the speed limit at 25 mph.

Charlie Gilman, a Center Street resident upon whose front lawn the Camry came to rest, said the accident was the first rollover he has seen since moving there five years ago.

“We did have one guy who came through the curve too fast once and ended up in my driveway,” Gilman said.

The car was eventually taken away on a flatbed truck.

State police Trooper Barry Meserve, who responded to the call, said the man would not be cited. He declined to give the driver’s name.

Prentiss is a small town near Springfield off Routes 169 and 171. It is about 15 miles directly east of Interstate 95 and about six miles northeast of Webster Plantation.

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