PALERMO, Maine — Two men suffered serious injuries early Wednesday when their Jeep struck a tractor-trailer head-on.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said the crash was not because of poor road conditions as the accident occurred at 5:45 a.m., well before snow began to fall in the area.
Christian Arsenault, 23, of China and Dean Camacho, 27, of Waterville were on North Palermo Road when Arsenault lost control of the SUV on a curve, according to McCausland.
The Jeep crossed the centerline and into the path of a truck driven by George Ingraham, 63, of Knox, McCausland said.
Arsenault, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown out the passenger’s-side window. Camacho was trapped in the vehicle before rescue personnel freed him, McCausland said.
Both men were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with injuries not considered life-threatening, the state police spokesman said. Ingraham was not injured.
McCausland said Trooper Donald Webber reported that speed is likely a factor in the crash. It took crews nearly four hours to clean up the scene.