BRADFORD, Maine — A Glenburn man suffered life-threatening injuries Friday afternoon when his pickup truck struck a tree on LaGrange Road, according to police.
Brett Vigue, 25, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Vigue had dropped off a friend on the nearby Charleston Road before the crash happened, according to Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Lloyd.
“It looks like he hit the ice and lost control,” Lloyd said. “As he’s going off the road, he goes into a … slide, and that’s how he made contact with the tree.”
Lloyd said Vigue wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Vigue’s driver’s side door slammed into the tree at a high rate of speed, the deputy said. The crash occurred in front of the house of an EMMC nurse, who rushed to the scene to apply aid before paramedics arrived.
“She immediately [went] out there and kept him stabilized,” Lloyd said. “He had a pulse that was very weak.”
A toxicology test will be conducted to determine whether he was intoxicated, although Vigue’s friend told police the driver wasn’t drunk despite the fact alcohol was found in the demolished pickup.
“We were going to do a blood test but we weren’t able to do it because of his injuries,” said Lloyd.