80-year-old New Sweden man found hours after crashing car in ditch

Posted Aug. 17, 2011, at 8:18 p.m.

NEW SWEDEN, Maine — An 80-year-old New Sweden man who had been missing all night was found late Wednesday morning in a field about a mile from where his vehicle was discovered in a ditch, according to police.

Keith Nelson was reported missing after his unoccupied vehicle was found about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday off the roadway in a ditch at the intersection of the Bondeson and Westmanland roads in New Sweden, according to a press release from Sgt. Tom Pelletier of the Maine State Police.

A search of the area was conducted by the Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service after Trooper Rob Flynn determined that Nelson had been missing all night, Pelletier indicated.

After a thorough search of the immediate area with a state police canine unit failed to locate Nelson, a plane was called in to assist in the search. Before the arrival of the plane and another search dog, however, a motorist spotted Nelson at about 11:25 a.m. standing up in a field about a mile away from the crash site.

Pelletier reported that Nelson had left his vehicle and become disoriented after the crash. He was taken to Cary Medical Center for treatment and an evaluation.

No further information was available Wednesday.

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