Police: Speed, alcohol likely factors in crash that injured Dexter man

Posted July 31, 2014, at 4:15 p.m.

CANAAN, Maine — A Dexter man was hospitalized Thursday morning after losing control of his vehicle on Route 23, police said.

Kenneth Bennett, 60, was attempting to negotiate a curve in the northbound lane when he lost control, said Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Bennett’s Chevy Impala left the road, struck a pine tree, rolled onto the side and came to rest after striking a telephone pole, Lancaster said.

Bennett had to be freed from the vehicle and was transported by ambulance to Redington-Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan with injuries not considered life threatening, the chief deputy said.

Lancaster said speed and alcohol are likely factors in the accident.

Route 23 was closed for three hours while authorities worked at the scene. Charges have not been filed in connection with the accident.

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