SKOWHEGAN — Two Skowhegan teenagers escaped serious injury Monday morning when the vehicle they were riding in left the road on Bigelow Hill Road and rolled over three times, according to police.

The boys, both 17, were wearing their seat belts at the time of the 8 a.m. crash, interim police Chief Daniel Summers said.

Summers said the boys were traveling eastbound down the hill toward Main Street when their blue 2004 Subaru four-door Baja left the road near a sharp turn. He said the driver lost control of the car.

Speed and driver inexperience are contributing factors in the crash, Summers said.

“If they had not been wearing their seat belts they would have sustained much more serious injuries than they did — even death,” he said. “They could have been thrown from the vehicle; there’s always a high potential to be thrown from a vehicle when they are not secured with seat belts.”

Both juveniles were taken to the Redington Fairview General Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Officer Josh King is investigating the accident. Skowhegan fire units and an EMS ambulance also were sent to the scene.

Summers said the Subaru was totaled.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367
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