LEBANON, Maine — A local man was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries Tuesday after a single-vehicle accident on Prospect Hill Road.
The accident occurred at approximately 6:37 p.m., when a silver Ford Escape, driven by a man in his 50s from Lebanon, went off the road and struck several trees in the area of 135 Prospect Hill Road, about a mile from the Milton, N.H., town line.
Rescue Assistant Chief Jason Cole said the man was transported by ambulance to the Milton Industrial Park off Route 75, where a Medflight helicopter was waiting. He was then airlifted and flown to the trauma center of Maine Medical Center.
According to Cole, when rescue officials were on the way to the scene they were informed that the driver was unconscious and trapped in the vehicle. It’s reported that he was trapped in the vehicle for about 50 minutes before being extricated.
Fire Lt. Andy Noyse said because the doors of the Ford Escape were jammed, fire officials had to use Jaws of Life to cut the roof off the vehicle and extricate the driver.
Cole said it appears the accident occurred when the driver lost control of the vehicle on a sharp corner while traveling south on Prospect Hill Road.
It’s believed the driver, who was alone in the vehicle, was not wearing a seat belt, said Cole.
The vehicle was destroyed in the accident and was towed from the scene, he said. The airbags in the vehicle did not deploy.
A portion of Prospect Hill Road was closed to all traffic for more than an hour, as the patient was being extricated and emergency officials secured hazards from the accident. At approximately 8:40 p.m., the road was fully reopened when all units cleared the scene.
The accident remains under investigation by the Maine State Police.
“This corner has seen several serious accidents over the past few years resulting in several serious injuries,” said Cole. “We encourage everyone to buckle up and please drive cautiously. We continue to see an increase in serious accidents townwide and want to get the info out there to residents to please drive cautiously.”
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