April 24, 2018
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Man breaks leg in Route 2 accident atop Falls Hill in Rumford

By Terry Karkos, Sun Journal

RUMFORD, Maine — A local man suffered a broken leg Tuesday when he lost control of his car on Falls Hill on Route 2 and it slid into a building, Rumford police Sgt. Douglas Maifeld said.

Shane Richard, 27, was taken by Med-Care Ambulance to Rumford Hospital.

The accident happened at 12:08 p.m.

According to witnesses, Richard was passing them in a 35 mph zone in a 2002 Acura at the bottom of Falls Hill. Near the top where the road curves around the hill and the passing lane merges into the slower traffic lane, Richard attempted to pass an empty logging truck, Maifeld said.

Richard lost control of the car when it hit sand in the road, he said. The car spun around and slid sideways uphill, jumped a curb and continued to slide uphill across an empty lot, according to evidence at the scene.

The Acura’s driver’s-side door struck the rock-and-cement foundation and corner of an old power company building. The impact crushed the door into the driver’s compartment and jammed the horn on.

“He was out when I got here and having difficulty walking,” Maifeld said.

Rumford firefighters cut power to the horn and helped Rumford police direct traffic around emergency vehicles and the Med-Care Ambulance after Richard was lifted in on a gurney.

“Speed was a factor,” Maifeld said. “He was driving too fast. He’s very lucky he’s not dead. It was impressive to see how much of the door came into him. People need to slow down.”

It was the third of three unrelated accidents within 15 minutes and a half mile of each other, and there was no ice on the roads at the time, he said.

In the first accident, at 11:53 a.m., Christine Lothrop, 49, of Dixfield, driving a 2005 Chrysler Sebring and Leonard Roy, 82, of Rumford driving a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier collided at Sunnyside Terrace and Prospect Avenue, Rumford officer Dave Hodgson said.

There were no injuries. Hodgson estimated damage at $2,000 for each vehicle. They were towed from the scene.

While Hodgson was busy with that accident, Maifeld was sent to one at 11:58 a.m. in the Sam’s Italian Restaurant parking lot off Route 2.

He said Linda Zinck, 54, of Rumford, driving a 2000 Ford Ranger, backed into a 2012 Mazda owned by Shelby Moore, 20, of Mexico. The officer didn’t provide a damage estimate.

There were no charges brought in any of the accidents.

Distributed by MCT Information Services


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