Two men hospitalized after car goes airborne

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff
Posted July 22, 2010, at 3:26 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Two men were injured Wednesday night when the driver of a 1992 Mazda lost control of his vehicle on a hilly road on Isle au Haut and it rolled over several times, according to police.

The car crested a knoll on Head Harbor Road at about 4:30 p.m., became airborne and soared 50 feet before landing back on the road, traveling another 90 feet before flipping over several times, according to a press release issued Thursday by Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison.

During the incident, both the driver, Leland Small, 22, of Isle au Haut and his passenger, Larry Gordon, 51, of Topsham, who was thrown from the vehicle, were injured, Dennison said. Both were taken off the island and to a hospital, she said.

The release did not indicate whether speed was a factor, and other details about the accident or injuries were not immediately available.

According to Pen Bay Medical Center staff, Small was released from the emergency room later that night. Police did not say which hospital Gordon was taken to, and information about his condition was not immediately available Thursday.

Small is facing charges of driving to endanger, but has not yet been arrested, according to Dennison. Deputy Larry Hesseltine is investigating.

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