TROY, Maine — A China man died Sunday evening from injuries suffered when his car skidded on black ice and hit a telephone pole.
Wayne Bragg, 69, was driving west on Route 202 in his 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck. He was following a car traveling about 10 miles under the speed limit, an eyewitness told police after the accident.
Bragg apparently tried to pass the car at about 5:30 p.m. when he lost control of the pickup on a patch of black ice, according to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office police report. The truck went off the road on the right side while “skidding sideways,” the report said.
The truck hit a guardrail, went over the bank, flipped over, hit a telephone pole and kept on rolling before coming to a stop upside down, according to the report.
Bragg, who suffered head trauma, was declared dead at the scene. His passenger, Joyce A. Bragg, 63, was taken to Inland Hospital in Waterville to be treated for minor injuries, including scrapes and bruises, according to the report.
Both had been wearing seat belts, and the air bags in the truck did deploy, according to Chief Deputy Robert Keating.
Members of the Maine State Police, Troy Fire Department, and Unity Fire and EMS assisted Waldo County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dan Thompson and other personnel at the scene.
Route 202 was reduced to one lane of traffic while rescue crews cleared the accident site.
The accident, which happened close to the Penobscot County line, is still under investigation. Keating said slippery roads and “driving a little too fast for road conditions” were primary factors.