CANAAN, Maine — Excessive speed and alcohol are being investigated as possible causes of a crash Friday that left a Canaan man seriously injured.
Michael Nelson, 48, suffered numerous serious injuries and was taken to Redington Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan before then being taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center, according to a press release from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.
The accident, which was reported at about 6:50 p.m. Friday on Route 23 in Canaan, involved a single vehicle that police said was traveling north at the time. Nelson’s four-door Buick sedan left the roadway near Route 23’s intersection with Hubbard Road before striking a tree and a telephone pole. The car came to rest on its driver’s side, being held in place by the telephone pole’s guide wires. Rescue workers had to cut the roof off the Buick to get Nelson out.
Workers from the sheriff’s department and Maine State Police as well as rescue crews from the Canaan, Hartland and Skowhegan fire departments responded to the crash report. The accident is still under investigation and speed and alcohol use are being pursued as possible causes.