SABATTUS — A driver involved Thursday morning in a road rage incident on Route 126 was injured when he lost control of his SUV, crashed into woods and became trapped, police said.

A vehicle crashed Thursday morning into the woods on Route 126 in Sabattus. Police say the vehicle was involved in a road rage incident. Bill Bergeron photo

Zachary Storkson, 29, of Sabattus was passing a Nissan sedan in the direct path of oncoming eastbound traffic when he lost control of the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander, went off the road to the right and landed in a stand of trees.

Two local police officers had been investigating a motor vehicle laws violation nearby at the time of the crash, Lt. Daniel Davies said. They heard a loud noise and saw a large dust cloud to their east.

When they got to the scene about 7:30 a.m., they found Storkson trapped in his SUV surrounded by trees.

Officer Mike Rioux was able to force open the door and helped Storkson out of the vehicle, Davies said.

Emergency responders from Sabattus used chain saws to cut down trees to tow the SUV, Sabattus Fire Chief Troy Cailler said.

Sabattus police say a Nissan sedan was involved in a road rage incident Thursday morning before a crash on Route 126. Sabattus Police Department photo

Route 126, or Sabattus Road, was closed while a tow truck pulled the crushed vehicle out. The road was reopened about 8:40 a.m, Cailler said.

Storkson was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for evaluation and treatment of injuries not considered life threatening. No one else was in his vehicle.

“The following investigation, which was supported by surveillance footage recovered from a local business, revealed this crash was the result of a road rage incident between Storkson and another unknown party in a late model blue Nissan sedan,” Davies wrote in a media release.

This crash remains under investigation and charges could be pending, Davies said. Anyone with additional information, including the identity of the second driver is asked to contact Rioux at 207-375-6952.

 

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