Knox County detective injured in car crash

Posted April 24, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.
Last modified April 24, 2013, at 5:13 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Knox County Sheriff’s Office detective was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after a two-car crash that totaled his vehicle.

Detective Justin Twitchell, 37, was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center with rib pain, Sheriff Donna Dennison said. He was treated and then released later in the day, according to Rockland police.

The crash occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on Cedar Street at its intersection with Knox and Jefferson streets.

Twitchell was driving south on Jefferson Street, which is across from Knox Street, and said he did not see the Maritime Energy truck heading east on Cedar and also did not notice the stop sign. The truck struck the unmarked cruiser broadside on the driver’s side. The impact spun the detective’s 2011 Chevy Impala, which came to rest against a tree.

The Maritime vehicle, a one-ton truck, was not carrying home heating fuel. It was driven by Joseph Flagg, 43, of Belfast.

Flagg was taken to Pen Bay by his employer as a precautionary measure, according to Rockland police.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and their air bags worked, the accident report states.

The crash remains under investigation by Rockland police Sgt. Ken Smith.