BOWDOINHAM, Maine — A 67-year-old Westbrook man was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center Tuesday afternoon after losing control of his minivan and crashing it on Interstate 295 in a single-vehicle accident.
Larry Huff was headed south past the Bowdoinham exit about 12:30 p.m. when he attempted to move his van into the passing lane, nearly striking another car. He reportedly swerved back into the right lane and began to lose control of the van, swerving back into the left lane, hitting a guardrail and driving off the right side of the road, according to Maine State Police Trooper Christopher Rogers.
Huff was ejected at some point onto the shoulder of the road, and the van came to rest about 50 feet from the shoulder of the highway, well into a stand of trees. An Army medic who happened upon the scene in her own vehicle used her own supplies to tend Huff’s immediate needs, stopping the bleeding from a head injury. Police did not get her name.
Deputy Chief Ian Alexander of the Richmond Fire Department was first on scene after the Army medic.
“When I got here, [Huff] was on his back and they were working on him,” said Trooper Kyle Pelletier.
“Our report was that he was breathing but not conscious,” said Rogers.
Medical personnel worked on Huff until LifeFlight arrived from Bangor and transported him to CMMC.
“He was relatively stable, alert and speaking to us,” said Lori Rice, a paramedic with NorthEast Mobile Health Services, regarding Huff’s status at the time of transport.
Later in the afternoon, Huff was in critical condition at CMMC, according to state police.
A passenger in the minivan, 32-year-old Haze McDougal of Portland, suffered minor injuries and was taken to an undisclosed local hospital.
Southbound traffic was stopped for approximately 30 minutes while LifeFlight landed, loaded Huff and took off.