CARMEL, Maine — A Carmel man was listed in serious but stable condition at a Bangor hospital after his car struck a tree early Wednesday morning.
Brandon Dupuis, 22, was headed eastbound on Five Road just before 4 a.m. when his 2000 Audi left the roadway, struck a tree and wound up in the woods, according to Deputy Ed Toulouse of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.
Dupuis was the lone occupant in the vehicle, according to Toulouse. After the car struck the tree, the impact twisted the vehicle 180 degrees and backwards into the woods, the deputy said.
The impact trapped Dupuis in the vehicle, but Carmel Fire & Rescue and Levant Fire Department officials were able to extricate him, Toulouse said. A LifeFlight helicopter transported him to Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Toulouse said it was unclear whether speed or distracted driving were factors in the crash, which remains under investigation. Dupuis’ vehicle was considered a total loss.