FARMINGTON — A Maine state trooper was taken to the hospital after his cruiser just missed hitting two vehicles, veered off Route 43, and rolled over once Thursday morning in Farmington.

The cruiser’s siren and lights were on and the trooper was responding to an emergency call at the time of the crash, according to police.

Trooper Jedediah Malcore was taken by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released, police said.

The driver of one of the two vehicles said the cruiser narrowly avoided two collisions before it veered off the road.

Jeff Colameco, 50, of Sandwich, Mass., was driving a Ford F150 pickup truck east on Route 43 toward Industry around 11 a.m.

Colameco said a car ahead of him slowed down and started turning into the Franklin County Animal Shelter. That’s when the police cruiser, which was headed west toward Farmington, came over the hill going “pretty fast,” he said.

The cruiser swerved onto the shoulder to avoid hitting the car. It then veered back across the road, passing in front of Colameco’s truck before going into the ditch and rolling over, he said.

“It’s like life was flashing in front of me” when the cruiser cut in front of him, Colameco said.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Malcore lost control of his cruiser after he swerved to avoid hitting the car, which was driven by Megan Crandall, 35, of Wilton.

Malcore’s 2008 Crown Victoria was destroyed, and the crash is being reviewed by state police, he said.

McCausland said he didn’t have the findings of the review that will determine a cause and other details of the crash, including whether speed was a factor.

Every crash involving a state trooper is reviewed by state police to see if policies were followed, McCausland said.

Malcore was responding to a crash with personal injuries in Weld, according to McCausland.

In the Weld crash, at least two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, said Farmington police Sgt. Michael Adcock. He didn’t have more details about the crash.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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