WATERVILLE — A Clinton man was injured Monday when the car he was driving left the road near Front and Colby streets, struck at least two light poles, knocking them down, and landed on a grassy area south of the police department.

Russell Michaud, 57, of Mutton Lane in Clinton, was alone in a 2006 Chevrolet Impala when the crash occurred at 3:26 p.m., deploying the airbags and destroying the vehicle, according to Waterville police Sgt. Alden Weigelt.

“He was witnessed going north on Front Street,” Weigelt said around 8 p.m. “When he got to the interchange to College Avenue or Colby Street, he continued into the grassy area of the interchange and struck at least two of the light poles with enough energy to knock them down.”

At 8 p.m., the investigating officer, Linda Smedberg, was at Thayer Center for Health on North Street where Michaud had been taken earlier by Delta Ambulance, according to Weigelt.

He said the crash is under investigation and he asked state police to have an accident reconstructionist inspect the scene to give an opinion of what occurred.

“They’ve decided to do that in the morning,” Weigelt said.

Waterville fire officials responded to the scene and helped remove Michaud from the car, which was in the triangular-shaped grassy area bordered by Front and Colby streets. Weigelt was just arriving for work at the police station when the crash occurred.

“Two poles are down there and there may have been a tree struck as well,” he said.

Weigelt did not have details about Michaud’s injuries or what caused his car to leave the road.

“They’re trying to assess his medical condition,” he said.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17


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