2 injured in New Gloucester crash

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NEW GLOUCESTER — Alcohol was a factor in a single-vehicle crash on Route 26 early Sunday morning that sent two people to the hospital, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened shortly after 1 a.m., when a white 2011 Jeep Patriot driven by Tia White, 26, of Skowhegan was traveling south near 49 Maine St. The Jeep crossed the centerline and left the road, striking a telephone pole and several trees before stopping, Capt. Craig Smith said in a written statement.

White suffered minor injuries and was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment, as was her passenger, Levi Rajaniemi, 27, of Rumford, who had serious injuries that were not life-threatening, Smith said.

No charges had been filed in the accident as of Sunday afternoon, according to Smith’s statement.

The Jeep was demolished and Route 26 was reduced to one travel lane for several hours. Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from Gray and New Gloucester responded to the scene.

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