May 25, 2018
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2 hurt in Interstate 95 rollover

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

NEWBURGH, Maine — Two people were injured Thursday when the car they were riding in rolled over in the median between the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 95.

The driver, 24-year-old Jeffrey Rickett of Milford, and his passenger, Samantha Kennedy, whose age and hometown weren’t immediately available, both were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of injuries they suffered in the accident, state police Trooper David Yankowsky said Thursday night.

An EMMC nursing supervisor said both were listed in fair condition late Thursday night.

Yankowsky said that when he arrived, Rickett was walking around outside of the car and his head was bleeding.

Kennedy was still in the vehicle, Yankowsky said. Passers-by who stopped to help urged her to stay put until emergency medical personnel arrived to safely remove her with the help of air bags used to lift the vehicle, he said. Her injuries included torso pain, he said.

The accident happened shortly before 7 p.m. when Rickett reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his 2005 Chevrolet Aveo while traveling north near the Newburgh Road overpass.

The car struck a guardrail and then rolled over into the center median, where it came to a rest, Yankowsky said.

Rickett’s car was demolished in the accident, Yankowsky said. He said it appeared that Rickett and Kennedy were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Yankowsky said he was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Scott Young of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and public safety personnel from Hampden.

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