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April 13, 2011

5 hurt in Maine rollover crash

By Amy Calder
Morning Sentinel

WINSLOW, Maine — Two adults and three youths were injured Monday when the SUV they were traveling in at a high rate of speed on Garland Road rolled over about three times, resting in a pasture, according to police.

Four people in the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox who were not wearing seat belts were ejected from the vehicle, landing 10 to 15 feet from it in the pasture; the one passenger wearing a seat belt was not ejected, Officer Ron McGowen said.

All five were taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville by Delta Ambulance, according to McGowen, the investigating officer.

McGowen said the Equinox was traveling south on Garland Road when the accident happened near 295 Garland Road and was reported by a passerby at 3:37 p.m.

"They lost control going over a knoll or a hill, went sideways and rolled the vehicle over approximately three times before coming to rest," McGowen said.

The Chevrolet landed on all four wheels in the pasture, about 100 feet from the east side of the road, according to McGowen. The vehicle was destroyed, he said.

The driver was a 16-year-old male, whom McGowen declined to name because he is a juvenile.

"He is a newly licensed driver as well," he said.

The front passenger was a female, 14; the only passenger wearing a seatbelt, a boy, 16, was sitting in the right rear passenger seat, according to McGowen.

Jacob York, 19, of Winslow, was sitting in the middle of the back seat before the crash; Tinecha Hallee, 20, of Winslow, was sitting in the rear seat, behind the driver, according to McGowen.

A hospital spokeswoman said at 6:20 p.m. Monday that York and Hallee were still at the hospital and in stable -- good -- condition. The conditions of the others were unavailable.

McGowen said they were all conscious when emergency workers arrived.

At the scene, traffic was backed up Garland Road as emergency workers helped the injured and got them into ambulances. Winslow and Waterville firefighters worked at the scene, as did Winslow police. Besides McGowen, Lt. Michael Tuminaro and Officer Josh Veilleux, who also is the school resource officer, assisted.

McGowen said it was unknown where the SUV was coming from and where it was going before the crash.

No charges had been filed as of late afternoon. McGowen said the accident is under investigation.

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