MADISON, Maine — An elderly couple were both listed in fair condition Sunday morning after a flatbed wrecker hit their vehicle Saturday afternoon on Route 148 in Madison.
The woman, who was driving, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by a LifeFlight of Maine helicopter after the accident, according to police.
Officer Eric Bronson of the Madison Police Department said that officials are not releasing the names of any of the people involved in the crash, because the investigation is ongoing.
The driver of the wrecker, which is owned by Fun Stuff of Madison, had been traveling east at about 2 p.m. when two cars ahead of him had stopped to make a left hand turn into a driveway.
“He hit the brakes to stop for them, and the rear end of the wrecker locked up,” Bronson said Sunday. “It slid sideways and the front end crossed the center line. He hit a car right in the driver side door.”
The couple in the Ford Taurus were bleeding and suffered broken bones, but Bronson said that the biggest concern was internal injuries.
The woman initially was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan by ambulance, but was later taken to Bangor for medical treatment.
The male passenger was also taken to the Skowhegan hospital by ambulance, and remained there for several hours until he, too, was transported to Bangor.
The posted speed limit on Route 148, also called the White Schoolhouse Road, is 50 miles per hour, Bronson said.
A Maine State Police accident reconstructionist said that based on an initial review of the skidmarks, he does not believe that the wrecker’s speed will be a factor.
A sergeant with the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office is helping with the forensic mapping of the crash scene, Bronson said, and another Maine State Police trooper from the commercial vehicle division came to check the wrecker.
“The brief, initial overview basically said there was nothing major wrong with the truck,” Bronson said. “We’re still waiting to hear back from the reconstructionist.”
The accident caused police to close the road for four hours, diverting traffic around the crash site. The Taurus was wrecked in the crash and the wrecker itself was rendered undriveable, he said. Fire departments from Skowhegan, Anson and Madison helped with traffic control at the scene.