GARLAND, Maine — Two men are lucky to be alive after the truck they were in Friday afternoon crashed on the Dexter Road and rolled over, said Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy James Kennedy.
“The vehicle struck a telephone pole — basically taking out the pole — flipped and struck a tree on the roof and then came to rest on its tires, or what are left of the vehicle’s tires,” Kennedy said. “The passenger was ejected, and the driver was stuck in the vehicle. They had to remove him.”
Clint Philpot, 41, of Bradford was behind the wheel of the red 2005 Ford pickup truck, and his passenger was identified as Greg Fellows, 38, of Dexter.
Philpot, who had a large gash on his head, was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with injuries that were not life-threatening, Kennedy said. Fellows complained of back pain but refused medical attention.
“We’re thinking he went out the driver’s side window, actually,” Kennedy said of Fellows.
A blood-alcohol test was done on Philpot, which is standard procedure in any personal injury accident, Kennedy said. The crash scene was littered with all kinds of returnable cans and empty alcohol bottles, he noted.
Accident reconstruction personnel were called from the Brewer Police Department and Maine State Police to investigate the cause of the crash.
“It does look like speed may be a factor,” Kennedy said, adding the men are lucky to be alive. “Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt.”