CORNVILLE — Two men were taken by ambulance to a local hospital Thursday afternoon after their vehicles collided on state Route 43, near the intersection of Rowell Mountain and Molunkus roads.

The two injured men were identified as Mark Swain, 18, of Norridgewock, who was driving a Jeep Cherokee, and William Chappo, 64, of Cornville, who was in a Chevrolet pick-up truck. Both were conscious when they were removed from the vehicles, which left the road during the accident, Cornville Fire Chief Ken Hogate said.

Resident Brian Harville, who lives across from the accident scene on Route 43, also known as Shadagee Road, said the first vehicle, a green Chevy Silverado pickup truck, appeared to be eastbound on Route 43. The second vehicle, a burgundy Jeep wagon, was southbound off Rowell Mountain Road when the vehicles collided.

“I heard it and looked out and when I saw that one vehicle had rolled, I decided I wouldn’t go look, I’d call 911 immediately; and that’s what I did,” Harville said.

The pickup stopped against a small stand of trees 25 feet from the corner of Molunkus Road, which is the extension of Rowell Mountain Road. The truck, its front end badly damaged, skidded between a utility pole and a road sign on the south side of the road, barely missing both.

The Jeep landed upside down in a ditch about 150 feet from the pickup, also on the south side of the road. Firefighters from Skowhegan and Cornville propped the Jeep’s frame up with equipment to prevent it from rolling further.

Somerset County sheriff’s deputies who investigated the 3:08 p.m. accident said details of the crash would be available later.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367
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