LifeFlight takes man to Bangor hospital after accident closes I-95

Workers mill around a wrecked Chevy Caprice that went off Interstate 95 near Edinburg around 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. A Massachusetts man was flown by LifeFlight to a Bangor hospital after the accident.
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Workers mill around a wrecked Chevy Caprice that went off Interstate 95 near Edinburg around 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. A Massachusetts man was flown by LifeFlight to a Bangor hospital after the accident.
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 03, 2012, at 12:08 p.m.

EDINBURG, Maine — An elderly Massachusetts man was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to a Bangor hospital Friday after his car veered off Interstate 95 just north of mile marker 211, state police said.

Henry Fournier, 79, of Haverhill, Mass., was northbound when his Chevy Caprice apparently veered through the passing lane, hit the rumble strip, then veered back across the traveling lane and went more than 100 feet off the road down an embankment at about 11 a.m., state police Sgt. David Millett said.

Fournier was semiconscious at the scene and apparently suffered cuts to his face and hands. He was being evaluated at Eastern Maine Medical Center and was listed in fair condition on Friday, a hospital spokesman said.

Excessive speed might have caused the accident, Millett said.

The speed limit in that area is 75 mph.

Northbound highway traffic was stopped for at least an hour as rescue workers smashed a window to help free Fournier and the helicopter landed on the highway, state police said. The traffic was backed up for several miles.

Ambulances from the Old Town Fire Department and Penobscot Valley Hospital of Lincoln responded to the accident report, as did the Howland Fire Department, Millett said.

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