Clifton man puts car upside down in ditch after missing driveway

The driver of this 2002 Saab SUV hybrid wound up putting his vehicle in a ditch between two driveways after misjudging the direction he was backing up. The Saab wound up almost totally upside down after sliding down into the ditch and hitting a culvert Sunday afternoon off the Clark Hill Road in Holden.
Courtesy of Holden Police Department
The driver of this 2002 Saab SUV hybrid wound up putting his vehicle in a ditch between two driveways after misjudging the direction he was backing up. The Saab wound up almost totally upside down after sliding down into the ditch and hitting a culvert Sunday afternoon off the Clark Hill Road in Holden.
By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 27, 2012, at 10:52 p.m.

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.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/27/news/bangor/clifton-man-puts-car-upside-down-in-ditch-after-missing-driveway/ printed on August 21, 2014