DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — An 18-year-old local man was critically injured early Saturday morning when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree on Route 15 in Dover-Foxcroft.
Christopher Bartlett of Dover-Foxcroft was airlifted by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after the 1:45 a.m. accident, according to Dover-Foxcroft Police Chief Dennis Dyer. A 17-year-old female passenger in the vehicle, who was seriously injured, was taken by ambulance to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft and later transferred to EMMC. Dyer declined to release the passenger’s name.
Dyer said he was told the couple had attended a football game in Bangor and was returning home when the accident occurred.
Although the accident remains under investigation, it appears Bartlett fell asleep at the wheel, Dyer said. The police chief said he did not believe alcohol was a factor in the accident. It is unknown whether the teenagers were wearing seat belts before the crash.
Bartlett’s 1977 Chevrolet Caprice was demolished. Dyer was assisted at the scene by Dover-Foxcroft police Officer Graham Pearce, Investigator Jamie Kane of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department, Dover-Foxcroft firefighters and Mayo ambulance.