SANDY RIVER PLANTATION — Two local residents were injured Thursday afternoon after the driver of a car fell asleep and the car went off Route 4, Franklin County Lt. David Rackliffe said Friday.

Richard Hill, 80, and his wife, Beverly, 72, of Sandy River Plantation were heading north on the road when he apparently fell asleep while driving, Rackliffe said.

The car went off the right side of the road and hit a ditch, sending the car airborne. It grazed a utility pole before it landed in several trees, Rackliffe said.

Hill and his wife had head and arm lacerations and Beverly Hill complained of chest pain, the officer said.

Members of the Rangeley Fire Rescue Department helped the couple out of the car. Sheriff’s Cpl. Nate Bean and Deputy Matt Brann responded to the 1:28 p.m. accident and investigated.

The Hills were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington by a NorthStar EMS ambulance.

The 2006 Chrysler Sebring was heavily damaged, Rackliffe said.

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