GLENBURN, Maine — A taxi driver apparently lost control in front of a Department of Transportation plow truck early Sunday morning and the collision nearly ripped the taxi apart, Maine State Police Trooper Darren Vittum said Monday.
The collision occurred around 3:15 a.m. Sunday on Route 15 in Glenburn.
“If anybody had been sitting in the back seat it probably would have been a fatal [accident],” Vittum said. “It cut the car basically in half.”
The My Taxi cab, based in Levant, was traveling on Route 15 and the plow truck was traveling toward Bangor when the two vehicles collided. The passenger in the cab, Timothy Loon, 32, of Levant, was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor for a bump on his chin.
The taxi driver, Scott Sanborn, 51, of Bangor complained of an elbow injury but was not taken to the hospital. Craig Rines, 31, of Newburgh was driving the plow and was not injured.
In addition to destroying the taxi, the impact of the two vehicles “pretty much broke the support off the plow” and caused about $2,500 in damage to the DOT vehicle, the trooper said.
Route 15 was closed for about an hour for removal of the vehicles, Vittum said, adding the people in the taxi were very lucky.
“It could have been a lot worse,” he said.