MDI head-on collision sends two men to hospitals

Posted May 23, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.

MOUNT DESERT, Maine — A head-on collision on Mount Desert Island Thursday afternoon sent two area men to hospitals, according to police.

Lance Funderburk, 75, of Seal Harbor was headed southbound on Route 198 shortly before 3 p.m. when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and collided with Richard Leduc, 56, of Salisbury Cove, who was heading north, Mount Desert police Officer Ken Mitchell said.

Funderburk was operating a Chevy pickup and Leduc a Toyota Highlander, the officer said. Both men were wearing seat belts.

Mitchell said Leduc attempted to avoid Funderburk as his pickup crossed the center line but was unable to do so.

The officer said seat belts likely prevented more serious injury, and speed and alcohol were not factors.

Funderburk was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by LifeFlight helicopter with broken bones in his left leg, according to Mitchell, while Leduc was transported by ambulance to MDI Hospital.

Neither man’s injuries are considered life-threatening.

Traffic on Route 198 was slowed to one lane while crews cleaned up the scene, Mitchell said. Mount Desert police and fire and Northeast Harbor ambulance responded.

Both vehicles were totaled.