LEWISTON — A Middle Street accident Monday morning sent an Auburn man and his Jeep on a wild 900-foot ride down Main Street, bouncing into trees and snow banks along the way.
Alfred Libby, 85, of Auburn, said he was driving south on Main Street just after 10 a.m. Monday when he collided with another vehicle turning at the Middle Street intersection.
"First thing I knew, she cut right in front of me," Libby said. "I couldn't stop. I was hoping I'd hit something to slow me down."
Libby's blue 2006 Jeep continued down Main Street, hitting a tree near the Lisbon Street intersection and carrying it with him. His vehicle finally came to rest after another 200 feet and smashed into a snow bank alongside the parking lot for Pedro O'Hara's at 134 Main St.
"I finally hit that snow bank and pulled my emergency brake," he said. "It was a wild ride. I tell you right now, I'm feeling it through my shoulders."
The driver of the second vehicle, a gold four-door gold Ford, declined to be identified. The car was registered to Claire Grover, 47, of Livermore Falls.
Police said there no reported injuries in the accident, although both cars were seriously damaged.
Witnesses said it could have been much worse.
"I'm just glad I wasn't on the sidewalk when it happened," said Shenna Albert, 39, of Lewiston. "He came right down the sidewalk, and I thought he was going to hit the building, and no sooner than that did he hit the tree and go back into traffic. I could have sworn he was going right into the canal."