A Brunswick man was taken to a hospital in Portland after he was ejected through the windshield of an SUV in a one-car crash in Richmond.

Steven Melton, 56, of Brunswick, was the only occupant of the Chevrolet Tahoe he was driving south on Route 24 about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. He was listed in critical condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland Tuesday afternoon.

Richmond police Chief Scott MacMaster said bystanders reported seeing the SUV moving at a high speed in an area where the speed limit drops from 50 mph to 35 mph approaching Richmond village. Route 24, which is River Road in Richmond, has a sharp bend in that area.

Melton apparently lost control and then overcorrected, striking a boulder and a utility pole. Melton, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and landed in the front yard of 38 River Road. The SUV flipped and came to rest in the middle of the road.

MacMaster said a medical helicopter was called but could not respond, so Melton was taken by ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. From there, he was transported by medical helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

North East Ambulance, Richmond Fire Department, Bowdoin Fire and Rescue Department and Bowdoinham Fire Department responded to the scene of the crash.

Susan McMillan — 621-5645

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Twitter: @s_e_mcmillan

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