May 26, 2018
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Two injured, one seriously, in single-vehicle accident in Hope


HOPE, Maine — Two young men were injured, one seriously, in a single-vehicle accident here Wednesday after the wind blew a tree across the road they were traveling on, according to police.

Cameron Dow, 20, of Hope was driving his 2014 Land Rover Ranger north at about 1:30 p.m. on Alford Lake Road when he encountered a tree that had come down in the road due to the weather, according to a press release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Dow tried to avoid the tree but lost control of the vehicle on the shoulder and went off the road. The vehicle rolled over a couple of times before striking a tree, according to the release. Both Dow and a passenger, Riley Francis, 18, of Fayette, were transported by ambulance to Penobscot Bay Medical Center, police reported.

Francis had minor injuries, but Dow has serious injuries and was being transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland when the press release was issued shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Speed appears to be a contributing factor in this crash, police said.

Assisting Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies at the scene were members of the Hope Fire Department, Union Ambulance and Sterling Ambulance.

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