Man severely injured in Rockport accident
Rockport — A two vehicle accident around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, required one driver to be transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center via LifeFlight.
Barry Rogers, 52, of Rockland was driving west on Route 17 when his 1988 Toyota pickup truck drifted into the eastbound lane near Old Rockland Road, striking an oncoming vehicle, said Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley. Rogers was extricated from his truck using the Jaws of Life and taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center with "serious injuries" said Kelley.
Kristi Smith, 21, of Spruce Head was heading east in her 2003 Jeep Cherokee when Rogers's vehicle hit her head-on. She was treated at Pen Bay Medical Center and released, according to Kelley.
Kelley said police are uncertain why Rogers drifted into the opposite lane and the accident remains under investigation. Sgt. Travis Ford of Rockport Police Department is leading the investigation with the assistance of the Knox County Sheriff's Department, he said. Multiple agencies including Knox County Sheriff's Department, Camden First Aid, Rockport Fire Department and Rockport Police Department responded to the accident.
A portion of Route 17 was shut down in both directions while emergency responders worked at the accident scene.
Both vehicles were determined to be a total loss. Kelley said police had yet to determine if both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
At 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, Rogers remained in critical condition, according to Eastern Maine Medical Center community relations personnel.
Courier Publications reporter Jenna Lookner can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at email@example.com