AUBURN — Fire crews worked for nearly a half hour Wednesday night to free two from the wreckage after a car crashed on the turnpike off ramp.

Police said 67-year-old Ronald Dumais and his passenger were hanging upside down, suspended by their seatbelts, when rescuers arrived. Dumais, of Auburn, survived the crash with pain but no serious injuries.

Police, fire and medical crews were sent to the southbound ramp at about 8:30 p.m. after the Nissan Rogue rolled onto its roof, leaving two trapped inside.

Fire crews used hydraulic equipment to pull the doors off the mangled vehicle. It was reported that a woman was free from the wreckage and was being evaluated by paramedics. Minutes later, a second victim, Dumais was reported out of the vehicle, as well.

“The rescue and fire personnel assisted them in getting out of the vehicle because they were upside down being held by their seatbelts,” said Maine Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Both victims were taken to a Lewiston hospital to be examined for pain. Maine State Police were investigating the wreck.


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