WINTERPORT, Maine — Two young men were injured early Sunday morning when a car traveling at a high rate of speed careened out of control and struck several trees, according to police.
Daniel Ireland, 22, of Lancaster, N.H., was driving north on the Monroe Road shortly after 4 a.m. when his 2007 Saturn became airborne at the top of a hill, according to Lt. Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.
When the car came back down to the pavement, it hit hard enough to cause front-end damage and the right front tire locked up, causing the vehicle to spin out of control, Trundy said.
The vehicle skidded to the side of the road and struck several trees, the lieutenant said. The impact was so severe the engine was knocked out of the car, Trundy said.
Ireland and his 18-year-old passenger, Nicholas Ireland of Hampden, both had to be extricated from the vehicle, according to Trundy. Both were transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment of injuries not considered life threatening.
Both occupants were wearing seat belts, which Trundy said likely saved their lives. The Saturn was demolished in the crash, he said.
Speed was the only major factor in the accident, the lieutenant said.