June 18, 2018
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Embden man dies after car crashes into tree

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

NEW PORTLAND, Maine — A 24-year-old Embden man was killed and two others were seriously injured in a car crash Friday night that police say may be due to speed and alcohol.

Ryan Nile, the driver of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Wire Bridge Road in New Portland, according to a news release from Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi II of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Two passengers — Nichole Nichols, 20, and Christopher Woodard, 27, both of Embden, were injured, according to the sheriff’s office. Nichols was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and Woodard was taken by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington and later to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Woodard was listed in stable condition Saturday afternoon, according to a CMMC spokeswoman.

Nichols was listed in fair condition Saturday afternoon, according to an EMMC spokeswoman.

The crash occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. The sheriff’s office reported that Nile lost control of a 1995 Chevrolet Corsica and it went off the road and struck a tree head on, just missing a home at 92 Wire Bridge Road.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office, which reports that speed and alcohol may have been factors. Maine State Police are assisting in the investigation. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, New Portland Fire Department, Sugarloaf Rescue Service, and A & M Ambulance also assisted at the crash scene.

Cpl. Eugene Cole and Deputy Don Avery responded to the crash from the Somerset County department.

The car was destroyed.

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