Driver escapes unharmed from burning car on I-95

State police say a car is a total loss after it caught fire Saturday morning.

Officials responded to the call just before 10 a.m. near mile marker 45 southbound on Interstate 95.

According to state police, the driver felt the 2001 Ford Focus accelerate, then start to die.

The driver pulled over, and the vehicle caught fire. The driver was the only one in the car. No one was injured.

State police said traffic was narrowed to one lane while they cleared the scene. The fire’s cause hasn’t been determined.


Masked gunmen rob youths partying in garage, police say

Police say masked gunmen who may have been impersonating police officers stole money and drugs from four youths.

Police said it happened early Friday when the two men wearing ski masks reportedly walked into a garage where four people were partying.

The Bangor Daily News reported that the victims later told police they were ordered onto the ground and that the gunmen demanded drugs and money.

Police said they apparently made off with a small amount of marijuana and some cash.

The victims said at least one of the gunmen was wearing a ballistics vest similar to those worn by police and that they used walkie-talkies. They also talked about returning with a search warrant.

One of the men fired at least one shot. No one was hurt.


Air show continues today at transportation museum

High-speed aerobatics is highlighting the annual Wings & Wheels Spectacular show at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

The museum’s two-day show is continuing today. It’s now in its 36th year.

The show features several military aircraft, including a rare World II-era Japanese Zero. There also are plenty of classic cars and 19th-century high-wheeler bicycles.

The museum’s aerobatic air show is continuing today from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. with high-speed stunt-flying demonstrations.


51-year-old ATV driver suffers back injuries in crash

A 51-year-old man was hospitalized with upper-back injuries after his all-terrain vehicle flipped over in the woods Saturday afternoon, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Ronald Pelletier of Limington was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland, said Game Warden Rick LaFlamme.

Pelletier was following his nephew Brandon Johnson, 24, also of Limington, on a trail about a half-mile into the woods from Route 25.

LaFlamme said the warden service is investigating the cause of the accident. He didn’t know Pelletier’s condition.

— From staff and news services