Alcohol, speed factors in Harrington crash

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 08, 2011, at 9:34 p.m.

HARRINGTON, Maine — Police believe alcohol and speed were factors in a crash that injured three people Monday night on U.S. Route 1 near Bigelow Field.

The crash was reported to the Maine State Police at about 8:25 p.m.

Trooper Chris Smith said the vehicle involved in the crash was a Ford pickup truck that failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road, struck a guardrail and skidded down the highway on its side. Both passengers and possibly the driver were ejected, Smith said. “No one was wearing a seat belt.”

Passenger Michelle Grant, 21, address unknown, was flown by LifeFlight Air Ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor from a landing zone set up at the Steuben Fire Department, according to Smith.

Grant was treated and released, a nursing supervisor at EMMC said Tuesday night.

The driver, Joshua Merchant, 22, and passenger James Wolhok, 21, both of Harrington, were taken by ambulances to Down East Community Hospital in Machias. No information on their conditions was available Tuesday.

Smith said Monday that none of the victims’ injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Ambulances and emergency responders were dispatched by the Washington County Regional Communications Center from Harrington, Cherryfield and Addison. Pleasant River Ambulance also responded.

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