Police believe speed and alcohol were possible contributing factors in a crash Monday night on Starks Road in Anson that sent two people to the hospital.

Peter McAnistan, 38, of Main Street, Anson, was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan and then was transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with possible serious injuries, James Ross, chief deputy for the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, said Tuesday. Ross said he didn’t know the nature or the extent of McAnistan’s injuries.

A hospital spokeswoman at EMMC said McAnistan was listed in fair condition Tuesday afternoon.

McAnistan’s passenger, Rebecca Cole, 41, also of Anson, was taken to the Skowhegan hospital with cuts, bruises and possible head and neck injuries. A nursing supervisor at the hospital on Tuesday said Cole had been treated and released.

Cpl. Gene Cole, of the sheriff’s department, responded about 9:45 p.m. Monday to a report of a single-vehicle accident on Starks Road in Anson, Ross said.

Cole found a 1996 GMC Jimmy that had veered off a curve in the road, crossed over into the oncoming lane and went into a ditch, where it rolled over three times, according to Ross. The SUV then went into the air and struck a utility pole, breaking the pole 15 feet up. The SUV was destroyed.

Speed and alcohol are being investigated as possible factors in the crash and the investigation remains open, Ross said. Cole will consult with the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office to determine if charges are to be brought, he said.

Cole was assisted at the scene by the Anson and Madison fire departments, AMS Ambulance and Redington-Fairview EMS.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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