May 25, 2018
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Morning crash in Orrington shuts down Route 15, teenage driver charged

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

ORRINGTON, Maine — Route 15 was shut down for nearly two hours Saturday morning after a driver attempting to pass another vehicle hit a patch of ice and lost control.

The 2004 Chevy Trailblazer, driven by Jason Swazey, 19, of Bucksport, left the road, took out a mailbox at 216 River Road, then hit a telephone pole and tree before coming to a rest in the roadway, according to Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Hall.

The crash happened about 7:20 a.m. and knocked out power to several area homes and businesses, Hall said. The Trailblazer was demolished.

Neither Swazey nor his passenger, his juvenile brother, was injured in the crash. Swazey suffered minor cuts and scrapes on his hands but refused medical help. One of the brothers’ parents picked them up at the scene, according to Hall.

“[Swazey] was very lucky because, with the amount of damage to the vehicle, the outcome could have been a lot worse,” Hall said Saturday afternoon.

The Trailblazer was in a passing zone when it attempted to pass the other vehicle, but icy conditions early Saturday made the move dangerous, Hall said.

Swazey was charged with imprudent speed as result of the accident and failure to display a valid inspection sticker.

Hall and Orrington firefighters redirected traffic around that section of Route 15 for about two hours while the wreckage was cleared away.

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