June 18, 2018
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Clifton man puts car upside down in ditch after missing driveway

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — A Clifton man was uninjured but his car wound up upside down in a ditch along Clark Hill Road after he missed a driveway while backing in on Sunday afternoon.

“He was apparently driving down the road, abruptly stopped, and backed up to stop and visit a friend,” said Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell. “When he was doing that, he misjudged his direction and backed in along a ditch, got his wheels down into it about 30 feet back, and then hit a culvert.”

The 2002 Saab SUV hybrid wound up flipped upside down in the ditch.

There were no injuries to driver Matthew Coleman, 20, or passenger — and younger brother — Kristofer Coleman, 18, of Clifton.

“Witnesses reported the car on fire, but that was smoke from the air bags, which deployed,” said Fizell. “The vehicle was totaled and there was also minor damage to the culvert.”

No charges were issued to the driver.

A tow truck was needed to pull the vehicle out of the ditch.

“I’m not quite sure how it flipped,” said Fizell of the SUV. “Apparently he caught gravel and hit the ditch between two driveways, then overaccelerated and wound up upside down.”

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