Police blame mechanical defect for Prius crash that trapped four inside

Posted Dec. 06, 2010, at 9:20 a.m.

DURHAM, Maine — Police say a preliminary investigation into a crash here points to a mechanical defect in the 2010 Toyota Prius involved.

Arthur Lane, 81, of Brunswick, was unable to control the steering as he drove north on Route 125, Androscoggin County Deputy Sheriff Jon Guay told the Lewiston Sun Journal. The car landed on its passenger side in a culvert after running off the right shoulder, through a different culvert and a driveway. Three passengers were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated.