NOBLEBORO — A trio of Jefferson teens was injured, two seriously, in a Monday crash on East Pond Road that police say was caused at least partly by speed and alcohol.
The driver, Cody Beaucage, 18, and a 17-year-old were taken to Miles Hospital in Damariscotta with broken bones and internal injuries that were believed to be serious but not life-threatening, Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. A second passenger, Kenneth Snyder, 19, also was taken to Miles Hospital after complaining of pain in his shoulder and arm.
The crash occurred around 11:45 a.m., as Beaucage drove the 2007 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck south on East Pond Road. Beaucage lost control of the truck on a curve, Maker said. The truck fishtailed before going off the right side of the road and hitting several large granite blocks. The truck rolled over and came to rest on its roof, Maker said.
Beaucage and Snyder, who was in the front passenger’s seat, were trapped in the truck for about an hour before Nobleboro and Jefferson firefighters could cut them free, Maker said. A local contractor used an excavator to help with the extrication. The 17-year-old, who was sitting in back, was not trapped.
Investigators believe Snyder and the 17-year-old were wearing seat belts. Beaucage was not belted in, Maker said.
“Deputies will continue their investigation into this crash, but it does appear that speed and alcohol were a factor,” Maker said. Information from the investigation will be turned over to the district attorney’s office to determine whether charges will be filed.
Part of East Pond Road was closed to traffic for nearly four hours as sheriff’s deputies and Maine State Police reconstructed and mapped the crash, Maker said.
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