LEWISTON — A man walked away without serious injuries Thursday after the sport utility vehicle he was driving hopped a guardrail, tumbled down an embankment and came to rest in the woods along the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Police said the driver was headed toward Lewiston from Auburn at about 12:20 p.m. when he lost control of the Subaru Forrester.

Zach Adams of Auburn  also was driving toward Lewiston on the bridge when he noticed the vehicle next to him swerving out of control.

“He almost swerved right into us,” Adams said. “Then I looked in my mirror and saw him slam into the guardrail. He mowed along that for maybe 60 or 70 feet before going down into the woods.”

Adams stopped at the side of the road, called 911 to report the crash and ran down the embankment to help. He said the driver did not appear to know what had happened.

“(The driver) was very disoriented,” Adams said. “I just talked to him and tried to calm him down.”

Lewiston police Lt. Danny Lachance said the driver was semi-conscious when police and rescue crews arrived. He was examined by paramedics at the scene.

Police continued to investigate the cause of the wreck later Thursday night, Lachance said. The Subaru was towed back up the hill and hauled away.


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