CAMDEN — An ambulance transported the driver from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries Aug. 23 after a 1999 GMC Suburban slammed into a tree on Park Street, next to TD Bank in Camden.

William Tassi, 25, of Camden was taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center following the crash. Sgt. Allen Weaver and Patrol Officer Mark Bennett Jr. responded to the crash.

Weaver said Tassi would be fine.

Police Chief Randy Gagne said the department is investigating to determine if a mechanical defect was a factor in the crash. Weaver said Tassi reported that he had lost the steering while driving the vehicle.

No other vehicles were involved and there were no passengers in the truck at the time, police reported.

Emergency workers from the Camden Police Department, Fire Department and North East Ambulance responded. Traffic was slowed down along Route 1 as crews worked at the scene.

Camden Exxon towed the badly damaged vehicle.

The vehicle hit the tree with enough force to knock several branches and bits of bark into a debris field in the grass next to the bank’s parking lot.

Airbags were deployed. The front end of the vehicle was entirely demolished and the windshield was broken.

An ambulance leaves the scene Aug. 23 following a crash on Park Street in Camden. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

The vehicle is towed from the scene. Photo by Daniel Dunkle