An elderly Richmond couple crash into a small brook on Brown Road in Richmond Saturday morning. DARCIE MOORE/THE TIMES RECORD

An elderly Richmond couple crash into a small brook on Brown Road in Richmond Saturday morning. DARCIE MOORE/THE TIMES RECORD

RICHMOND

A Richmond couple was taken to a Lewiston hospital — the husband by helicopter — after their car crashed into a small brook on Brown Road Saturday morning.

Ruby Tarbox, 78, of Brown Road was driving the car when the incident occurred and her husband, Gilbert Tarbox, 84, was a passenger. The couple lives on Brown Road.

Richmond Police Sgt. Doug Bellevue said Gilbert Tarbox went for a walk Saturday morning and Ruby Tarbox headed out to pick him up to go out to breakfast. After he got in the car, as Ruby was helping Gilbert put his seatbelt on, police speculate she took her foot off the brake and perhaps stepped on the gas as well. The car traveled off the road into a small brook.

Rescue personnel finish loading 84-year-old Gilbert Tarbox into a LifeFlight helicopter bound for Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. DARCIE MOORE/THE TIMES RECORD

Rescue personnel finish loading 84-year-old Gilbert Tarbox into a LifeFlight helicopter bound for Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. DARCIE MOORE/THE TIMES RECORD

Bellevue said a passerby reported the crash shortly before 8 a.m. Police don’t know how long it was between when the crash occurred and when it was reported.  

Gilbert Tarbox was considered in serious condition due to injuries sustained in conjunction with existing health conditions. He sustained a significant head laceration and was air-lifted by a LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center. Ruby Tarbox was transported to CMMC by ambulance with a complaint of pain.

Richmond, Bowdoin and Bowdoinham fire departments responded as well as North East Mobile Health Services. The LifeFlight helicopter was able to land in a field near the crash site.

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