June 24, 2018
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Two men injured after truck becomes airborne, crashes in Canaan

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

CANAAN, Maine — Speed and alcohol may be factors in a single-vehicle crash early Monday morning that sent two men to the hospital and left a porch with extensive damage, according to Detective Lt. Carl E. Gottardi II of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

A 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck driven by Timothy Williams, 21, of Clinton left Hill Road while traveling north at about 1:04 a.m. Monday.

“The truck became [airborne], struck a utility pole and some trees, and then the right front of the truck struck a porch at a private residence,” Gottardi said in a statement. “After striking the porch, the truck came to rest against a parked car [in the driveway].”

Williams and his passenger, Sterling Hartin, 19, of Benton, were taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan. Williams was later taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with possible head and arm injuries. Hartin suffered possible back injuries. Neither man was wearing a seat belt, said Gottardi.

An EMMC spokesman said he had no information on Williams at noon Monday.

The porch had extensive damage and the parked car had minor damage, but no one at the residence was injured, according to Gottardi. The pickup was a total loss.

“At this time, speed and alcohol may be factors in the accident,” said Gottardi. “Once the investigation is completed, the case will be reviewed by the district attorney’s office.”

Somerset County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Joseph Jackson responded and investigated the incident. He was assisted by the Canaan Fire Department and Clinton Rescue and EMS Ambulance.

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