Emergency crews using specialized high-angle rescue equipment were able to pull a man from his truck Wednesday afternoon after it crashed down a steep embankment in the Somerset County town of Embden.

Police said the man, Red Green, 67, suffered possible life-threatening injuries. He was taken by a LifeFlight helicopter about 4:30 p.m. to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. A nursing supervisor at the hospital said there was no information on his condition Wednesday evening.

James Ross, chief deputy at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, said Green, who was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck, suffered broken bones after his truck went off Kennebec River Road, also known as Route 16, just before 3 p.m. and landed about 50 feet down on the ice of Alder Brook near a snowmobile trail crossing.

Ross said Green resides on Bert Berry Road in Embden and has no family in the area.

Fire and rescue personnel from Bingham, Solon, Skowhegan, Anson and Madison were sent to the scene. Two county sheriff’s deputies were sent to the scene to investigate.

Ross said a school bus driver saw the truck at the bottom of the embankment and went down and spoke to Green, who said he had swerved to avoid a deer. Ross said it appeared that the truck had been down there for some time because ice had reformed at points on the terrain where the tires made impact.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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Twitter: @Doug_Harlow


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