LEBANON — Two traffic accidents, which took place during the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning, kept the town of Lebanon’s Rescue Department busy this weekend.
Assistant Rescue Chief Jason Cole said the first crash was reported at 1:45 a.m. on the Carl Broggi Highway.
When Cole arrived, he found a 2006 Pontiac sedan that had rolled over into a swamp. Both occupants, who had been assisted by other motorists, were able to get safely out of the car.
The 18-year-old male driver and a 16-year-old female passenger, both of Lebanon, had to be transported by ambulance to Frisbie Hospital in Rochester, N.H. where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to Cole.
State Trooper Kyle Wells, who investigated the crash, said the 18-year-old appears to have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Cole said that around 3:25 a.m. Saturday the town’s rescue personnel were called to Center Road, near Upper Cross Road, where they found a Ford F-150 truck that had gone off the highway, hit a mailbox, and landed in a ditch.
Emergency crews used a thermal imaging camera to make sure the driver, who had disappeared from the accident scene, was not nearby. Maine State Police said some time after the accident, the driver notified police that his truck had been stolen.
Cole said the Center Road site has been the scene of several accidents this year, including a double fatal crash.