EAGLE LAKE, Maine — An Eagle Lake man suffered serious injuries Friday when the car he was driving struck a large evergreen tree with enough force to uproot it.
Dylan Deprey, 22, initially was taken to Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent after the crash but later was transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was being treated for injuries that police described as serious.
The accident happened about 10:25 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Convent Road, Maine State Police Sgt. Chad Fuller said Monday night in a news release. Deprey was driving north on Main Street, also known as Route 11, in Eagle Lake when he lost control of his 2005 Dodge sedan, skidded across Convent Road and struck the tree.
Police who investigated the accident said that the force of the crash was so severe that that it uprooted the mature tree and snapped it in half, Fuller said.
The accident remains under investigation. Fuller said speed and alcohol appear to be factors and that Deprey was not wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred.
Trooper Chuck Michaud was assisted at the scene by Trooper Jeff Clark, Warden Sgt. Jeff Spence and members of the Eagle Lake Fire Department.