May 26, 2018
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Canaan man critically injured in three-vehicle accident in Fairfield

By Judy Long, BDN staff

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A Canaan man suffered serious injuries in a three-vehicle accident on Route 201, according to police.

Michael Fernald, 44, was taken by LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, according to Patrolman William Beaulieu of the Fairfield Police Department.

He was listed in critical condition Thursday night, according to a CMMC nursing supervisor.

Fernald’s son Michael Fernald Jr., 18, a passenger in the Dodge pickup being driven by his father, also suffered injuries, Beaulieu said. Fernald Jr. reportedly was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Thayer Campus in Waterville. The extent of his injuries was unclear.

The accident reportedly occurred about 1 p.m. when Betty Hunt, 82, of Fairfield went through a stop sign or failed to yield properly at the intersection of Ohio Hill Road and Route 201. Hunt’s 2000 Chevrelot Prism hit a 2008 Subaru traveling northbound on Route 201 driven by Eugene Steinberger, 51, of St. Albans.

After being struck, Steinberger’s vehicle traveled into the opposite lane and hit Fernald’s pickup truck.

All of the motorists apparently were wearing seat belts, and air bags in the vehicles deployed properly, Beaulieu said.

The road was closed until about 4 p.m. while members of the Maine State Police and Somerset County Sheriff’s Office reconstructed the accident.

The accident remains under investigation, Beaulieu said.

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