Speed, alcohol believed to be factors in Mattawamkeag car crash

Posted May 22, 2013, at 9:47 a.m.

MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine — Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a single-vehicle crash that left a local man with a broken leg on Tuesday.

Deputy Patty McLaughlin of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in a Shay Road crash involving Carl Hartley, 44, and Trixie Nelson, 32, both of Mattawamkeag.

McLaughlin declined to say who was driving the Chevy S-10 pickup, citing an open investigation.

The pickup left Shay Road around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and struck a tree head-on, the deputy said. Both Hartley and Nelson live on Shay Road.

The impact caused the truck to catch fire, but Mattawamkeag firefighter Aaron Burke, who lives near the scene of the crash, quickly extinguished it and pulled Hartley from the wreckage, McLaughlin said.

Hartley was treated for his injuries at Eastern Maine Medical Center while Nelson did not require a hospital trip, McLaughlin said.

Charges are pending as deputies continue to investigate the accident.