Guilford man avoids serious injury in two-vehicle crash in Dexter

Posted July 31, 2013, at 5:38 p.m.

DEXTER, Maine — A Guilford man narrowly avoided serious injury after coming inches from being impaled by the hitch of a utility trailer his car was pushed into Tuesday, according to Dexter Police Chief Kevin Wintle.

Jerry Mihm, 64, of Guilford was stopped in the northbound lane of Route 7 in his 2001 Saturn. He was preparing to turn right into P&L Country Market in Dexter when he was struck from behind by a 2003 Ford pickup driven by John Pratt, 65, of Rhode Island.

The Saturn was sent into the parking lot of P&L Country Market and into a parked fifth-wheel trailer that was for sale, according to Wintle. The force of the collision moved the trailer approximately 15 feet, he said.

The hitch of the trailer went through the driver’s side of the windshield and ripped apart the vehicle’s roof, he said.

The trailer stopped just 6 inches from Mihm’s head, said Wintle. The Jaws of Life were used to free Mihm and his passenger, Tammy Potter, 44, from their vehicle. The Saturn was totaled.

Mihm and Potter were taken to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft for treatment of minor injuries.

Pratt was injured and his pickup had very little damage, said Wintle.

No charges have been filed, but the incident remains under investigation, he said.

Maine State Police and a Corinna firefighter aided the Dexter Fire Department, Sgt. Detective Alan Grinnell and Wintle at the scene.

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