A Skowhegan man was injured severely Sunday afternoon when the car he was driving went out of control and flipped end over end in Athens, according to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Joseph Jackson is investigating the single-vehicle crash, which occurred about 5 p.m. on Brighton Road, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The driver, Joseph Adams, 23, was traveling south when he lost control of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata as it crested a small hill. The car left the road, went end over end several times, rolled over several times, crossed Wesserunsett Stream and came to rest on the opposite bank, police said. The car was destroyed.

Adams was taken by a LifeFlight of Maine helicopter to a Bangor hospital with serious injuries. Information gathered by Jackson at the scene indicated the car might have been traveling faster than 100 mph when it left the road, police said.

Adams was alone in the car, and the release said it is unknown whether he was wearing a seat belt, but all air bags deployed.

Police said they are looking at speed and alcohol as potential factors in the crash.

Jackson was assisted at the crash scene by the Athens Fire Department and the Maine Warden Service.


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