THE FORKS — A 56-year-old man from Pleasant Ridge Plantation was involved in a serious car accident just minutes after leaving work Monday afternoon, according to police.
Daniel Donahue was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. A nursing supervisor said Monday night that there was no information on his condition.
Donahue was driving south on U.S. Route 201 Monday at around 4:15 p.m. when his vehicle, a gold 2001 Chrysler Town and Country, veered off the road and into a snowbank, hit a tree and rolled over before coming to rest upright, said Lancaster. He had just left his job at the Inn by the River Rafting Lodge, said Lancaster.
The cause of the accident is under investigation and is being led by Deputy David Cole of the sheriff’s department, said Lancaster. Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors, he said.
The accident was reported by an off-duty Border Patrol agent, said Lancaster.
Jamie Shaw, a sales manager at the inn, said that Donahue works as a repair and maintenance man at the inn and that employees were shocked to hear the news of the accident Monday afternoon.
“No one saw it happen. All we can think of is that we have a lot of deer in the area, and he may have swerved to miss one,” said Shaw.
The accident occurred not far from the inn along a section of road that is straight compared to the winding turns it makes in other areas of The Forks, she said.
“He is an awesome man that did everything around here that needed to be done. He is the do-it-all person, and we’re hoping for the best for him,” said Shaw.
The West Forks Fire Department and Upper Kennebec Valley Ambulance Service also responded.
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