FAIRFIELD — A seriously injured man was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to a Lewiston hospital after a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Route 201 and Route 23 on Thursday afternoon.

The man, Michael Fernald Sr., 44, was one of four people involved in the crash, according Fairfield police Officer William Beaulieu.

Fernald was flown to Central Maine Medical Center; additional information about him was unavailable at deadline.

Two other people people involved refused medical treatment and the fourth was cut and bruised.

Betty Hunt, 82, pulled her Chevrolet from Route 23 onto U.S. Route 201 and broadsided a Subaru being driven by Eugene Steinberger, said Beaulieu.

Beaulieu said Thursday afternoon it was not clear whether Hunt didn’t stop at the stop sign or did not see the Subaru traveling north through the 55-mph zone when she pulled onto U.S. Route 201.


Beaulieu said the impact sent the Subaru into the southbound lane, where it was struck by Fernald’s Dodge Ram pickup.

That collision knocked the Subaru into the ditch, said the officer.

Fernald’s truck continued south, clipping a mail box pole, before flipping over, said the officer.

Fernald’s son, Michael Fernald Jr., 18, was taken by Delta ambulance to an area hospital with cuts and bruises, Beaulieu said.

Hunt, of Fairfield, and Steinberger, of St. Albans, were looked at by medical personnel at the scene and refused treatment, he said.

U.S. Route 201, which was littered with car parts, was closed for about two hours.


Beaulieu said the crash remains under investigation.

He added that there have been several crashes at that intersection, also called Nye’s Corner.

A homemade cross with the name Tara Babin Hart is placed near the intersection.

According to Morning Sentinel archives, Hart, 24, of Oakland, died instantly in April 2009 when she failed to stop at the stop sign on Route 23 and drove into the path of an oncoming truck.

Beth Staples — 861-9252


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