Car crashes into Minot pond

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MINOT – An Auburn man was critically injured Tuesday when his car spun out of control on Center Minot Hill Road, struck a tree and flipped onto the edge of a pond.

Kurt A. Therriault, 23, of Minot Avenue was taken to a Lewiston hospital by helicopter after he was freed from the wreckage of the noon crash.

Police said Therriault suffered head and other injuries when the driver’s side of his Volkswagen Jetta slammed into a tree and then bounced onto the partially frozen pond.

Androscoggin County Sheriff Guy Desjardins said Therriault was heading north on Center Minot Hill Road when he neared a downgrade that curves to the left, near Marston Hill Road.

Desjardins said it appeared the Jetta slipped off the right side of the road and into a ditch. The driver then overcompensated, he said, and the car shot back across the road and over a 12-foot embankment, where it struck a large tree.

The car landed on its side at the edge of a nearby pond. Rescue crews got the victim out and carried him to a LifeFlight helicopter.

Therriault, who grew up in Minot before moving to Auburn, was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where he remained in critical condition late Tuesday, according to a nursing supervisor.

Androscoggin County sheriff’s deputies were continuing their investigation into the cause of the crash.

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