PALMYRA — The driver and passenger of a pickup truck were seriously injured Saturday when their truck crashed into a ditch, hit a rock and struck a tree, police said.

Blake Frost, 25, of Pittsfield was driving the truck on Estes Avenue, part of Route 152 in Palmyra, when it crossed into the opposite lane, crashed into a ditch, struck a rock, and went airborne into a large tree, according to Chief Deputy Mike Mitchell of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Two people were seriously injured Saturday in a single-vehicle crash in Palmyra. Photo courtesy of Somerset County Sheriff’s Office

Frost and the passenger, Kevin Miller, 36, of Hartland, were trapped in the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado when first responders arrived around 1:30 p.m., Mitchell said.

Firefighters from the Hartland Volunteer Fire Department were able to extricate the two, Mitchell said.

Frost and Miller were taken by ambulance to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with injuries that were serious, but not considered life-threatening, Mitchell said.

An ambulance from Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital transported Frost and Miller to a LifeFlight of Maine ambulance coming from Bangor because a LifeFlight helicopter was not available, Mitchell said.

The crash is under investigation by Deputy Jeffrey Brann and Sgt. Joseph Jackson of the Sheriff’s Office. As of Saturday afternoon, police do not know why the truck left its lane as there were no other vehicles involved in the crash.

Investigators are using drone technology to reconstruct the crash, Mitchell said.

The road was closed for about 15 minutes, Mitchell said. Pittsfield police assisted the ambulance crews, Hartland firefighters, and sheriff’s deputies.

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