Rangeley driver falls asleep at wheel, crashes into cars parked at dealership

Posted Nov. 29, 2011, at 5:28 a.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — A Rangeley driver escaped injury Monday afternoon after he fell asleep at the wheel and his car crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic, topple a fire hydrant and struck two vehicles parked at Hight Chevrolet.

Rudolph Davis, 61, was driving his 2006 Chrysler 300 east on routes 2 and 4, the Wilton Road, about 2 p.m. when he fell asleep, Farmington Police Officer Darin Gilbert said.

His car crossed the westbound lanes and started down an embankment, toppling the fire hydrant in front of the car dealership.

A Hight employee’s 2003 Chevy Avalanche pickup and a yellow 2001 Pontiac Aztec owned by the car dealer were struck, stopping Davis’ car. Gilbert said both vehicles received significant damage.

Gilbert said Davis’ Chrysler was considered a total loss.

No one else was involved in the accident, he said.

Members of Farmington Fire and Rescue took care of fluids leaking from the vehicle.

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