Police said James Smith, of Newport, who had a suspended driver’s license, was traveling in a 2017 Ford Taurus north on Route 7 in Corinna on Saturday morning when the car veered off the road and into a tree. A 10-year-old child inside the car was seriously injured. Photo courtesy of Maine State Police

CORINNA — A man with a suspended driver’s license crashed into a tree Saturday morning, causing serious injuries to a 10-year-old child who was also in the vehicle, police said.

James Smith, 48, of Newport, was driving north on Route 7 in Corinna near the Newport town line shortly after 10:30 a.m. when his 2017 Ford Taurus veered off the road and into a tree, Maine State Police said in a news release.

A 10-year-old in the vehicle suffered injuries and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment, according to police. The child was listed in “critical but stable” condition as of Saturday.

Smith and a 7-year-old passenger were treated for minor injuries at Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield, according to police.

The response to the crash shut down Route 7 for nearly two hours.

Smith has a suspended driver’s license in Maine and Florida, the news release said, although police did not specify why. No charges have been announced as state police continue to investigate.

Operating with a suspended or revoked license in Maine is generally a Class E misdemeanor charge, the least severe classification of criminal offenses. Minimum jail time and fines vary depending on the circumstances of the violation.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the crash. Roads were slick across central Maine Saturday as a wintry mix and light snow fell throughout the day.

Responders from the Newport Police Department and the Corinna Fire Department, as well as EMS crews from Dexter, Newport and a Northern Light LifeFlight helicopter ground crew assisted state police.

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