LEBANON, Maine — Two people suffered serious injuries Sunday night when a pickup truck left River Road and struck two telephone poles, according to officials.
The driver, a 36-year-old Rochester, N.H., man, was heading south on River Road toward Route 111 shortly after 8:30 p.m. when he apparently lost control of his vehicle, according to Lebanon Rescue Assistant Chief Jason Cole.
The truck became airborne as it left the road, Cole said, striking two telephone poles several feet in the air and rolling several times before coming to a rest on its roof on River Road.
The driver and his passenger, a 20-year-old man from Rochester, N.H., were lucky to survive, Cole said.
“The roof of the truck was crushed below where the bottom of the windshield normally would be,” Cole said. “Both occupants are extremely lucky they survived such a violent crash.”
Both men’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to Cole. Both were transported to Frisbie Hospital in Rochester for treatment.
Cole said it’s unknown whether the occupants were wearing seat belts. The demolished truck’s air bags deployed.
River Road was shut down for two hours while crews worked at the scene, while crews from Central Maine Power, Fairpoint and Metrocast replaced the telephone poles and wires.