Norway man thrown from truck during three-vehicle crash in serious condition

A rescue worker stands by a smashed vehicle that was involved in a three-vehicle collision in Durham on Thursday afternoon.
A rescue worker stands by a smashed vehicle that was involved in a three-vehicle collision in Durham on Thursday afternoon.
Posted Sept. 12, 2013, at 6:32 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 13, 2013, at 1:53 p.m.
At least three people required hospitalization for injuries suffered in a three-vehicle crash in Durham on Thursday afternoon.
At least three people required hospitalization for injuries suffered in a three-vehicle crash in Durham on Thursday afternoon.

DURHAM, Maine — A Norway man ejected from his pickup truck during a three-vehicle crash Thursday in Durham remained in serious condition Friday at Central Maine Medical Center.

Paul Black, 44, suffered head and neck injuries after he was thrown from his white GMC pickup during the crash, which occurred just before 5 p.m., at the intersection of Quaker Meetinghouse Road and Pinkham Brook Road, Maine State Police Trooper Steven Green said Friday.

Drivers of the two other vehicles, Amy-Lynn Law, 19, of Lisbon, and Chungho Cheng, 40, of Lewiston, were extracted from their vehicles by firefighters, according to Green. Both were treated at CMMC and released.

Law’s Dodge Neon was destroyed during the crash, and Green said she’s lucky to be alive.

“If you look at Law’s car, you wouldn’t believe she survived it with a couple of abrasions,” he said. “She’s a lucky gal.”

Law and Cheng were wearing seat belts, but Green said an initial investigation indicates that Black was not.

State police continue to reconstruct the crash due to the severity of Black’s injuries, but Green said it’s not yet clear what happened.

“Right now we have conflicting information from the witness and one of the drivers,” he said. “One of the three vehicles came across Quaker Meetinghouse Road, through a red-blinking light and a stop sign and created the crash,” he said. “Right now, the physical evidence is contradictory. We need more time to review that evidence.”

Durham, Freeport and Lisbon rescue crews responded to the crash. Firefighters from Freeport and Durham cut the victims from their cars, Durham Fire Chief William St. Michel said.

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