Somerset County man flown to Bangor hospital after van strikes tree

Posted March 11, 2014, at 10:01 a.m.

THE FORKS, Maine — A man headed home from work Monday afternoon was airlifted to a Bangor hospital after his van struck a tree on Route 201, police said.

Daniel Donahue, 56, of Pleasant Ridge was heading southbound when he hit a snowbank and lost control, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Donahue works at Inn by the River in The Forks, Lancaster said. He was the lone person in the vehicle.

The accident occurred shortly after 4:20 p.m., according to Lancaster.

After hitting the snowbank, Donahue’s vehicle rolled over, left the road and struck a tree, the chief deputy said. Donahue’s vehicle landed upright, and he was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Lancaster said Donahue, who was wearing his seat belt, was conscious when he was airlifted from the scene. His condition was not known Tuesday.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the accident, Lancaster said. The crash was discovered by an off-duty border patrol agent.

Upper Kennebec Ambulance and West Forks Fire and Rescue assisted sheriff’s deputies at the scene, Lancaster said. The accident remains under investigation.

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