DEXTER, Maine — A local man and woman were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center after they were thrown from their vehicle when it left the road and struck a tree Friday morning, according to a Dexter police sergeant.
Chelsey Walker, 21, and Ken Oliviera, 31, both of Dexter, were traveling north on Fern Road when their black 2005 Toyota RAV left the road around 9:45 a.m. and struck a tree, Sgt. Alan Grinnell said Friday afternoon. Grinnell said it appeared Walker was driving. No other vehicles were involved in the crash
Oliviera and Walker were thrown from the vehicle by the impact. LifeFlight was called to the scene, but the helicopter was grounded due to weather conditions, Grinnell said.
Grinnell said their injuries were serious and “incapacitating.” Air bags deployed in the vehicle on impact.
Grinnell declined to say whether he believes the two were wearing seat belts until after the investigation is complete.
A reconstructionist from Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash, according to Grinnell.
This was the second serious crash Dexter police were called to in as many days. On Thursday, a 72-year-old Dover-Foxcroft resident was killed on Route 7 when a pickup truck crossed the centerline and collided with his Chevy Impala.
Grinnell released the identities of those involved in that crash on Friday. Camille Raymond died in the crash. Eric Merryman, 33, of Dayton was driving the pickup and suffered injuries that weren’t believed to be life-threatening. That crash also is under investigation, according to Grinnell.
After Friday’s crash, Fern Road was closed from about 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Grinnell said.