Two injured as car flies 100 feet, strikes tree in Lebanon

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted July 11, 2013, at 8:21 a.m.

LEBANON, Maine — Two people from New Hampshire were injured Wednesday when a car struck a culvert off Route 111, according to officials.

Lebanon Rescue Assistant Chief Jason Cole said the westbound Ford Taurus driven by a 33-year old man from Rochester swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway around 4:42 p.m.

“The vehicle went off the road and struck a culvert at the intersection of Stokewood Drive,” said Cole.

The vehicle went airborne for approximately 100 feet before striking a tree head-on, Cole said. Several motorists stopped to force the driver’s door open to get him and his 1-year old passenger out.

The driver was wearing his seat belt and the child was strapped in a child safety seat, and both were transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.H., Cole said. Their injuries were not considered life threatening.

The Taurus was demolished in the crash, while Route 111 was reduced to one lane for about an hour while crews cleaned up the scene. State Police are investigating the crash.

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