BROWNVILLE, Maine — A young man and woman are “lucky to be alive” after the vehicle they were in left Route 11 and flipped multiple times, Brownville police Chief Nick Clukey said Sunday night from the crash scene.
The female passenger, Sarah Willinsky, 18, of Brownville, was ejected through the sunroof as the 2008 Chevy Cobalt overturned repeatedly, the chief said. The driver, Tyler Creighton of Medford, is in his early 20s.
Both suffered injuries that aren’t believed to be life-threatening, according to Clukey. Creighton appeared to have a broken collarbone and lacerations, while Willinsky appeared to have suffered injuries to her head, hip and legs, according to Clukey.
Clukey said an off-duty doctor passed by the crash scene and stopped to help the victims. He said he’s working on confirming the identity of that doctor and wants to credit her for rendering aid until emergency crews arrived.
The Cobalt was heading north on Route 11, in the area known as the Prairie near the entrance to Katahdin Iron Works Road, when it left the road and flipped into a field around 4:30 p.m. The car flipped at least four times before coming to a rest more 100 yards off the road, according to Clukey. The speed limit on that stretch of road is 55 mph.
The driver was able to get out of the badly damaged vehicle on his own after the crash.
“Speed and inattention were factors in the crash,” Clukey said, adding that “charges may be pending depending on the investigation.”
Police considered calling for a LifeFlight helicopter, but it was not available, so Milo and Mayo Regional Hospital ambulances transported the victims to the hospital.
Maine State Police will reconstruct the accident as part of the investigation, according to Clukey.
“They’re extremely lucky that this wasn’t a fatal accident,” Clukey said. “It certainly could have been.”