VEAZIE, Maine — Police believe alcohol and speed were likely factors in a single-vehicle car crash that injured two people and brought down a telephone pole late Tuesday night near the Orono-Veazie town line.
Zack Quigley, 19, was driving a Honda Accord on Stillwater Avenue around 11:15 p.m. when the vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole, knocking it to the ground, Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard said late Wednesday morning. Quigley and his passenger, 19-year-old Klarissa Audet, were trapped in the damaged vehicle with power lines resting on top.
First responders closed the road and called Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., which “shut all the power down for that grid,” according to Leonard. After the lines were removed, crews used extrication equipment to open the vehicle and remove Quigley and Audet.
They were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Leonard said. A hospital spokesman said Wednesday afternoon that he had no information on either patient.
A blood test was performed on Quigley, and police are waiting on lab results to reveal whether he might have been under the influence of alcohol. Leonard said he “would anticipate charges” stemming from those results.
Emergency crews cleared the scene around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday. Veazie police were assisted by Orono police and fire. Orono police are reconstructing the accident scene.