SKOWHEGAN — Two Skowhegan brothers, ages 17 and 14, were injured on Tuesday after their Jeep struck the back of a street sweeper kicking up dust.

The 14-year-old front seat passenger, Jacob Poirier, injured his leg and was flown to a Bangor hospital, Skowhegan Deputy Police Chief Dale Lancaster said. The boy could be heard yelling as rescue workers removed him from the battered vehicle.

The 17-year- old driver, Patrick Poirier, did not appear to be badly injured and mostly suffered cuts and bruises, he said.

It took time for Skowhegan firefighters and ambulance personnel to remove the boys, as the destroyed 1999 Jeep Cherokee had folded around them. They were each wearing a seat belt, and both airbags deployed.

Both were taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital about half a mile from the scene, and then Jacob Poirier was flown by Life Flight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with non-life-threatening injuries, Lancaster said.

Duane Whittemore, 39, employed by the town, was driving the street sweeper in the direction of Fairfield on Middle Road when he said he felt “a massive jolt” around 2:30 p.m. as the vehicle rear-ended the equipment.

Whittemore had periodically been putting down water, he said, but the dust was thick. He was not injured by the impact, but his hands were still shaking when he spoke.

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