RSU13 van totaled, man knocked out in early morning crash

Posted Dec. 17, 2010, at 3:15 p.m.

THOMASTON, Maine — A man was injured in a collision between a minivan and pickup truck Friday morning on Route 1 near the Lowe’s store.

At about 7:30 a.m., Kenneth Elwell Sr., 66, who was driving a Regional School Unit 13 van, pulled out of a feed store and in front of a pickup truck heading north in the turning lane on Route 1, police said.

Matthew Tyler, 49, was unable to stop his Dodge pickup on the icy road and the two vehicles collided, according to Thomaston police Officer Michael Blais.

“There was air bag deployment on both vehicles. The man in the RSU van was knocked out,” Blais.

Elwell was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, where a nursing supervisor said Friday afternoon that he was in stable condition. Tyler was not injured.

There were no passengers in the van, which was demolished.

Thomaston police, fire and ambulance and Rockland fire and EMS all responded.