Waterville couple injured after hitting utility pole, rolling car

Posted Nov. 12, 2011, at 2:45 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:08 p.m.

FAIRFIELD, Maine — An elderly Waterville couple was taken to the hospital after the car they were in struck a utility pole and rolled onto its roof on Saturday morning.

Elizabeth Whitten, 77, was driving southbound on Main Street in her 2006 Toyota Corolla when she left the roadway and hit a utility pole. The pole broke and lay across all four lanes of traffic. Whitten’s car came to rest on its roof, according to Fairfield police officer Shanna Blodgett.

Only Whitten’s vehicle was involved in the crash at the corner of Main Street and Military Ave.

Whitten and her husband, George Whitten, 81, who was the only other passenger, were taken by ambulance to the Thayer Campus at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

George Whitten was having X-rays done and Elizabeth Whitten was able to answer questions, said Blodgett. Both had complaints of pain.

Fairfield police got the call at 10:26 a.m..

“[George Whitten] felt as though [Elizabeth Whitten] had fallen asleep at the wheel,” said Blodgett.

Blodgett said there were no tire tracks or skid marks before the car hit the pole.

“We had witnesses say it happened so fast,” said Blodgett. “They saw the car get airborne and it was over.”

Central Maine Power unattached the power lines to the downed pole, said Blodgett. The street was cleared by 11:30, she added.

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