Distracted driver flips car in Warren
Warren — A single-vehicle rollover sent one person to the hospital at approximately 3:55 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.
According to Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Elwell, Nixon Ortiz, 44, of Livermore Falls became distracted by something in his vehicle while traveling north on Oyster River Road.
Ortiz lost control of his 2011 Nissan Quest van, swerved off the passenger's side of the road, hit a ditch and a culvert, which sent the vehicle onto its roof. The airbag deployed and Ortiz was suspended from the seat for a short period of time.
He was taken by Warren Ambulance to Pen Bay Medical Center for neck and back pain.
Ortiz was on his way home from work, according to Elwell. He also is a member of the Livermore Falls Fire Department.
Route 131 from Route 1 in Thomaston was closed off for more than 20 minutes while the vehicle was righted by Oyster River Towing and cleared from the road.
Warren Fire and Emergency Medical Services, along with Knox County Sheriff's Department and Thomaston Police Department responded to the call.
Ortiz, the only occupant in the vehicle, was wearing his seat belt.
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