Speed, alcohol not factors in Madison collision; elderly couple in good condition

Posted June 23, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.

MADISON, Maine — A local couple injured in a collision with a flatbed truck Saturday are in good condition at a Bangor hospital, police said.

Speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash that sent Lorraine Staples, 72 and Alston Rackliff, 69, to the hospital, according to Madison Police Chief Barry Moores.

Devin Merrill, 28, of Skowhegan was driving the wrecker owned by Fun Stuff of Madison when the collision occurred on Route 148, Moores said. Merrill was treated and released from Redington-Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan.

Merrill was driving westbound when he encountered a line of traffic stopped for a vehicle waiting to make a left-hand turn. He attempted to stop, but the wrecker’s rear wheels locked up and the front end slid sideways across the road, striking the eastbound vehicle driven by Staples.

Staples and Rackliff were taken to Redington-Fairview before they were transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

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