DURHAM — A preliminary investigation into a one-vehicle crash on Pinkham Brook Road on Saturday in which four people were trapped inside their vehicle indicated a mechanical defect, police said.
Arthur Lane, 81, of Brunswick was driving a 2010 Toyota Prius north on Route 125 (Pinkham Brook Road) and was suddenly unable to control the steering, Androscoggin County Deputy Sheriff Jon Guay said.
Lane's vehicle careened off the right shoulder into a deep culvert, across a driveway and into another culvert, landing on the passenger side, Guay said. Fire and rescue personnel from Durham, assisted by Lisbon Emergency and Freeport Rescue, had to extricate the four victims from the vehicle, he said.
He said Lane, his wife Merilda, 80, and passengers Ronald Wood, 68, and his wife, Constance, 59, of Vassalboro all complained of pain in the chest and rib area and were taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
Lane's Toyota sustained $20,000 in damages and was demolished in the 3:33 p.m. crash, Guay said.