ORONO, Maine — A Norway man passing through on business escaped serious injury late Thursday afternoon in a bizarre accident on Interstate 95 near the Orono exit.
Stephen Cummings, 50, was traveling south in his 2008 Mazda SUV about 4:15 p.m. when for a yet-to-be determined reason he drove into the median, state police Trooper Kyle Willette said Thursday evening.
The SUV then headed toward a short access lane, went up an embankment and went airborne for a short distance before coming to a rest on its side in the northbound travel lane, the trooper said.
“Miraculously, he did not strike any other vehicle,” Willette said. No vehicles struck Cummings’ SUV, despite the fact that that section of highway was congested at the time.
Willette said Cummings was wearing a seat belt and that his SUV’s air bags, including side-impact air bags, deployed. Because of those measures, Cummings’ injuries were limited to mostly bruises and cuts, he said.
“He was pretty fortunate,” Willette said. He said the SUV was demolished.
Willette said Cummings was being held for observation at a Bangor hospital as of Thursday evening. No further information about his medical condition was available late Thursday.