Bangor man ran a mile in subzero temps in search of help after I-95 crash

Courtesy of the Maine State Police
Courtesy of the Maine State Police
A 49-year-old Bangor man was injured early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 95. Richard Matthews went off the road, crashing his vehicle, after swerving to avoid an object in the road. The man walked nearly a mile to a local restaurant to get assistance.
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Richard Matthews, 49, was traveling south on Interstate 95 early Saturday morning when he crashed in Dyer Brook.
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A Bangor man was treated for minor injuries and hypothermia following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 early Saturday morning.

The owner of an Oakfield restaurant called the Houlton barracks to report a man entered the restaurant around 4:30 a.m. stating he had been in a crash on the interstate, Maine State Police Sgt. Chad Fuller said.

Richard Matthews, 49, was traveling south on I-95 in a 2002 Volkswagen when he reportedly swerved to avoid something in the road near mile marker 285 in Dyer Brook before crashing in a ditch, Fuller said.

Matthews ran about a mile, in subzero temperatures, to get help. Matthews was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital with injuries from the crash as well as hypothermia and frostbite.

The crash remains under investigation.

Maine State Police said motorists should always keep proper winter clothes in their vehicles in case of emergencies.

 


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