May 25, 2018
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NESCOM student escapes injury in early-morning Hermon crash

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — A New England School of Communications student escaped serious injury Friday after his Mercedes spun off Route 222 and hit a tree, police said.

Michael Allen, 22, a Manchester native living in Levant, was headed east when his vehicle left the roadway near the Hermon-Bangor town line around 8:50 a.m., Deputy Jay Hallett of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said.

Hallett said the roads were slick due to snow falling in the area at the time of the crash, and Allen lost control of his 1985 Mercedes after passing another vehicle.

“He pulled back into his lane and then came into some slush, lost control and hit the tree,” the deputy said.

Allen was not injured, but his classic vehicle wasn’t so lucky.

“Prior to this, it didn’t even have a speck of rust on it,” said Hallett. “It’s totaled now.”

Allen, who was wearing a seat belt, was issued a summons for failing to provide proof of insurance, Hallett said. Speed was a factor in the accident.

“He may not have been driving over the speed limit but he was driving too fast for the road conditions,” said Hallett.

The road was closed for about five minutes while a wrecker pulled Allen’s vehicle out of the ditch.

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