May 28, 2018
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Rockland teen critically injured in Cushing crash

Courtesy of Rockland Fire Department
Courtesy of Rockland Fire Department
Emergency crews try to free Eli Ranquist from his wrecked car on the River Road in Cushing on Monday afternoon.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

CUSHING, Maine — A 19-year-old Rockland man was critically injured Monday afternoon when his speeding car went out of control and struck a flatbed truck head-on.

Eli Ranquist was in critical condition late Monday at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, according to a news release from Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

The sheriff’s department investigated the crash that occurred at about 2 p.m. on the River Road in Cushing near the intersection with Cross Street.

Ranquist was heading north in a 2008 Dodge Avenger when it appears he lost control of his vehicle due to speed, according to the sheriff’s department. His vehicle crossed the centerline and struck head-on a 2005 Freightliner flatbed truck heading south that was driven by Terrance Ryan, 47, of Warren.

Ryan was not injured. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Emergency crews had to use the Jaws of Life to free Ranquist from the vehicle. He was then flown by a LifeFlight helicopter to the Lewiston hospital.

Maine State Police were called to assist as is standard procedure when a commercial vehicle is involved. Rockland police Sgt. Ken Smith is assisting in the crash investigation as an accident reconstructionist.

Further information will be released as soon as possible, according to the sheriff’s office. Cushing Fire and Rescue also assisted at the scene.

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