May 24, 2018
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Crash injures three in Harrington

Bangor Daily News

HARRINGTON, Maine — Police, fire and several ambulances went to the scene of a car crash that injured three people Monday night on U.S. Route 1 near Bigelow Field.

The crash was reported to the Maine State Police around 8:25 p.m. Ambulances and emergency responders were dispatched by the Washington County Regional Communications Center from Harrington, Cherryfield and Addison as well as Pleasant River Ambulance. No one was reported to be trapped in the vehicle.

Maine State Trooper Chris Smith said the vehicle involved in the crash was a Ford pickup truck that failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road, struck a guard rail and skidded down the highway on its side. Both passengers and possibly the driver were ejected, Smith said. “No one was wearing a seat belt.”

Smith said both alcohol and speed were factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Smith identified the driver as Joshua Merchant, 22, of Harrington, and the passengers as James Wolhok, 21, also of Harrington, and Michelle Grant, 21, address unknown. He said none of the victims’ injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

According to the communications center, one accident victim was taken by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor from a landing zone set up at the Steuben Fire Department. Two other victims were taken by ambulances to Down East Community Hospital in Machias.

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