Caribou man hurt in Route 1 crash

Posted May 25, 2010, at 7:50 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:55 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — A 79-year-old local man was injured Tuesday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 1.

Police Officer Jason Matheson said the accident happened just before 2 p.m. a short distance past the Caribou Inn and Convention Center.

According to Matheson, William Plourde, 79, was northbound on the roadway when he suddenly veered off the road.

“We are not exactly sure what happened at this point,” Matheson said Tuesday afternoon, adding that a Maine State Police accident reconstruction specialist had been called in to assist in the investigation. “We are not sure if he had a medical problem or what happened.”

Matheson said that when Plourde careened off the road, his 2002 Chevy S10 truck jumped an island, plowed through a fence, traveled down an embankment and came to rest on its roof.

Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department personnel extricated Plourde from the vehicle. He was taken to Cary Medical Center and then by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor just before 4:30 p.m.

“He suffered cuts and abrasions, but the ambulance service said that he was also in an unstable condition,” Matheson said.

The officer said Plourde was wearing a seat belt and that the truck’s air bag deployed.

“If he had not been wearing his seat belt, there is no way he would have survived,” he said. “The vehicle was really badly damaged. It’s a total loss.”

A portion of the roadway was shut down for more than an hour.

Matheson praised the Fire and Ambulance Department personnel for their work.

He was assisted at the scene by several police officers as well as the Maine Warden Service and state police.

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