PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Maine State Police trooper was flown to a Bangor hospital Monday night after suffering a hip injury in a car accident on Route 1.
Trooper Shawn Whalen was headed south at about 4:20 p.m. when he attempted to turn around in the road to reverse direction.
Eric Rosten, 49, of Presque Isle, who also had been driving south in his 2006 Dodge Stratus, couldn’t avoid striking the driver’s side of Whalen’s cruiser, according to a press release issued by Sgt. Brian Harris.
Whalen suffered a hip injury and was transported by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center and later flown by Fresh Air to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for further treatment, Harris reported. Rosten suffered a minor injury to his hand and was not transported.
A police dog, Bailey, who was traveling with the trooper at the time, was not injured in the crash and is fine, according to the release.
Route 1 was shut down for about two hours before the scene was cleared.
Both Whalen’s cruiser, a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, and Rosten’s vehicle were significantly damaged and considered total losses, according to the statement.
Both operators were wearing their seat belts and Rosten’s air bags also deployed.
Harris is continuing his investigation into the crash. He was assisted at the scene by members of the Presque Isle Police Department, Crown Ambulance and Presque Isle Fire Department.