A Hallowell man ejected from a sedan during a collision with a box truck in Jefferson on Wednesday, Jan. 24 is listed in “good” condition at a Lewiston hospital, a hospital spokesperson said.
Raymond Vallee, 33, sustained a head injury as a result of the accident near the intersection of Routes 126 and 215, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. A LifeFlight helicopter flew him to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
Jefferson Fire Chief Walter Morris said Valle was lying on the road when Jefferson Fire and Rescue arrived at the scene of the crash.
After receiving initial treatment in Jefferson’s rescue vehicle, Valle was transported by Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service to a LifeFlight landing zone at the N.C. Hunt Inc. sawmill on Route 215, according to Morris.
Leon Crockett, of Farmingdale, was driving the box truck west on Route 126, according to the sheriff’s office. Karl Kittredge, 34, of Chelsea, was driving the sedan east on Route 126.
“The sedan started over the hill, hit ice, and came down backward, striking the box truck,” Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Dennison said at the scene.
Kane said the box truck was carrying mail.
Crockett and Kittredge were not hurt in the crash, according to LCSO Lt. Brendan Kane.
The accident closed the area around the intersection during the emergency response and investigation. A preliminary investigation by Maine State Police has determined that icy road conditions caused the crash, according to Kane.
Morris said an engine from the fire department responded to N.C. Hunt to set up a landing zone for LifeFlight. A squad truck and 12 firefighters responded to the scene of the crash.
Morris said diesel fuel was leaking from the box truck and, due to the crash’s proximity to Clary Lake, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection would respond to the scene.
Lincoln County Communications dispatched Jefferson Fire and Rescue shortly before 6:45 a.m.
Also responding to the scene were units from the Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and Maine State Police.