MERCER — A 50-year-old man was hospitalized after he was ejected through the sunroof of his SUV when it traveled off U.S. Route 2 and rolled over, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

An Anson man was hospitalized Monday after he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and his SUV traveled off U.S. Route 2 in Mercer and rolled over, according to sheriff’s officials. Photo courtesy of Somerset County Sheriff’s Office

Scott Tibbetts of Anson was headed west on Route 2, also known as the Mercer Road, about 9 p.m. Monday when it appears he fell asleep at the wheel, leading his 2007 Ford Escape to veer off the right side of the road, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The SUV rolled over twice. Tibbetts, who was alone in the Escape, was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

Tibbetts was conscious when sheriff’s deputies and Norridgewock firefighters arrived at the scene. He was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan and then later airlifted by LifeFlight of Maine to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for possible internal injuries.

Somerset County Chief Deputy Mike Mitchell said later Tuesday that Tibbetts was listed in stable condition at the hospital.

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