SOUTH THOMASTON — One of three occupants suffered injuries in an early morning crash April 14 when a Jeep Laredo smashed into the ‘Keag Store in South Thomaston.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., South Thomaston Fire and Rescue, along with Rockland EMS and Knox County Sheriff’s personnel responded to the ‘Keag Store at the intersection of Route 73 and Elm Street for a report of a vehicle into the building.

According to Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood, one of the three occupants of the vehicle was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center with unknown injuries. Both air bags were deployed. It is yet not known if the occupants were wearing seat belts.

Lt. Patrick Polky reported the operator of a green 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee lost control and struck the ‘Keag Store. The passengers declined medical treatment.

It appears the Jeep was heading toward the ‘Keag Store from Rockland when it lost control, went over some curbing, blew out all of the tires, and crashed into the back corner of the store.

Calderwood said it looked as if there was extensive structural damage to the store, and once the vehicle was removed a better assessment of damage would be conducted.

Two tenants who reside on the second floor were jolted from bed during the crash. It is not known at this time if they suffered any injuries.

The building had recently undergone extensive renovations to the upstairs, as well as new shelving installed along the wall that was struck.

Crews remained on the scene while the store was secured, and traffic on Route 73 was closed for approximately an hour.

Polky said the cause of the crash, extent of injuries and damage are still under investigation.

The vehicle was towed from the scene by Creek Hill Auto Repair of Thomaston.

Deputy Drew Graham is the investigating officer.

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