Collision in Cushing requires extrication, LifeFlight
Cushing — A two-vehicle accident in Cushing Oct. 8 required extrication and transport by LifeFlight helicopter for an individual injured in a crash at the intersection of Pleasant Point Road and Cross Road.
Cushing Fire and EMS, the Knox County Sheriff''s Office, Maine State Police and Rockland Fire responded to the scene at approximately 2:15 p.m., said Cushing Fire Chief Arthur Kiskila.
Eli Ranquist, 19, of Rockland was traveling north on Pleasant Point Road when he crossed the center line and collided head-on with a flatbed truck driven by Terrance Ryan, 47, of Warren, said a news release from the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
Ryan was transporting a shed.
The truck was traveling south on Cross Road. According to Ryan, Ranquist was speeding, said Kiskila. The news release confirmed that speed was a factor in the crash.
The Rockland Fire Department used extrication tools to extract Ranquist from the 2008 Dodge Avenger he was operating. He was then transported to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, said Kiskila.
Ryan was not injured. Ranquist is listed in critical condition, said the news release.
Ranquist is a Marine and enrolled in the Corps in August 2011. He had recently been in Cuba for training and was on a three-day leave to visit family, said his grandmother, Linda Shanley.
Shanley said Ranquist was visiting his father who had recently moved to Cushing and it was his first time in the town. Shanley said the accident was likely caused by Ranquist being unfamiliar with the road and not reckless driving.
"He's not a typical 19-year-old speeding around," she said, adding he is very responsible.
Ranquist was supposed to be traveling back to Virginia today, where he is based.
Shanley said Ranquist remains in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit. He under went surgery Oct. 8 to treat head trauma and the family is hopeful for his recovery, she said.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident.
Maine State Police have been called to assist in the investigation, as is standard procedure involving a commercial vehicle. State police are also assisting in the reconstruction of the accident, performed by Sgt. Ken Smith of the Rockland Police Department, according to the news release.
As of 7 p.m., the accident scene remained blocked off to travel.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at Jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.