Two Windham men injured when car hits tree


MEXICO — Two Windham men were injured on Tuesday afternoon when the driver of a 2001 Buick Century veered off Route 17, struck a tree and flipped over, landing in a driveway on its roof, according to police.

Driver David Harmon, 39, and passenger Mark Varney, 44, were both taken by Med-Care Ambulance to Rumford Hospital, where Varney was then taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine State Police Trooper Paul Casey said on Tuesday evening.

A Rumford Hospital spokeswoman declined to comment about either man. Additionally, calls to the Lewiston hospital were not returned.

Casey said the accident happened at about 4 p.m. when Harmon was driving north on Route 17, also called Roxbury Road.

“There were no skid marks or pre-accident marks on the road, but it appears that he veered off the other side of the road and struck a tree with the right front wheel, and that flipped it over onto its roof,” Casey said.

The mangled car — complete with severed wheel — landed in the driveway of 395 Roxbury Road.


“No one saw the crash, but (Harmon) claimed he blacked out,” Casey said. “Whether or not that was due to the heat, I don’t know, but he said he woke up upside down in the vehicle.”

Because there were no marks on the road, Casey said he didn’t think speed was a factor in the 45 mph zone. Alcohol was also ruled out.

“There was no indication that (Harmon) had been drinking, but I think his passenger had been,” Casey said.

Both were wearing safety belts and neither was ejected.

Casey said Harmon climbed out through the driver’s window and then helped Varney out.

Mexico firefighters directed one-way traffic around the scene for about an hour, placed hazardous materials absorption mats on leaking fluids in the driveway and cleaned up debris.

Roland Patenaude of Roland’s Towing righted the totaled car, forcing temporary closure of the road, and hauled it off.

Mexico and Rumford police and an Oxford County Sheriff’s deputy also assisted.

Casey said no charges are pending.

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Two Windham men were injured late Tuesday afternoon when police say the driver of this 2001 Buick Century lost control, struck a tree and flipped onto its roof in a Mexico driveway at 395 Roxbury Road, also called Route 17. Maine State Police Trooper Paul Casey inspects the totaled car.

A Mexico firefighter sweeps up debris in the driveway at 395 Roxbury Road in Mexico after this 2001 Buick Century was righted late Tuesday afternoon. Police say the driver veered off the road, jumped the curb, and smacked a tree, which flipped the car onto its roof.