Oakland man OK after van rolls down 25-foot Waterville embankment

Posted Sept. 07, 2012, at 2:42 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 07, 2012, at 4:32 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — An Oakland man escaped injury Thursday after his van went into a ditch because of a medical issue, police said.

Horace Crawford, 76, was traveling on Kennedy Memorial Drive just after noontime when he lost consciousness, according to Waterville police Officer Steve Brame.

Crawford’s full-size van veered down a 25-foot embankment and into the trees, striking a fire hydrant in the process and destroying it, Brame said.

“He was halfway into the woods when he put on the brakes,” Brame said. “He doesn’t remember hitting the fire hydrant but he remembers hitting the trees right after that.”

Crawford was not injured in the accident, but was transported to Inland Hospital for evaluation, Brame said. His van suffered minimal damage.

“Luckily he didn’t hit anybody,” Brame said.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, Goss said.