January 18, 2022

Five North Haven teenagers injured in crash

NORTH HAVEN – Five teenagers were injured Tuesday night in a car crash on Crabtree Point Road.

Four were flown to the mainland for medical attention, but all were released after treatment.

Speed and driver inattention were factors in the accident, Knox County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Todd Butler said Wednesday.

April A. Brown, 17, was taken by LifeFlight of Maine helicopter to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, according to Butler.

Three others – Laura A. Barrett and Ryan Lantagne, both 17, and Benjamin Lovell, 16, – were flown by Telford Aviation to the mainland, where they were picked up by Rockland Emergency Medical Services and taken to the Rockport hospital.

Another passenger, Ansel Orne, 16, also suffered injuries, but apparently remained on the island.

According to a report by Deputy Thomas Welch, Barrett was driving a 1998 Chevrolet sedan west on Crabtree Point Road when it crossed into the eastbound lane and went into a ditch.

The vehicle traveled 80 feet before striking a tree, which caused the car to become airborne for some 40 feet before it hit the ground. The vehicle rolled over once, landed in the center of the road, then rolled backwards nearly 50 feet down the northern embankment.

Damage to the car was estimated at $8,500.

The 10:24 p.m. crash was still under investigation Wednesday, Butler said. No charges have been filed.

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