April 06, 2020

3 injured as van rolls over on I-95> Hospitalized passenger in fair condition

CARMEL — Three people were injured Wednesday when the passenger van they were riding in left the highway and rolled over on Interstate 95.

The most seriously injured was passenger Kevin Whittaker, 33, of Clinton. Whittaker, who was ejected from the van during the accident, was admitted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. By Wednesday night, Whittaker — whose vital signs had stabilized — was listed in fair condition.

Passenger Sally Lounder, 53, of Hancock was treated at EMMC and released. The driver, 55-year-old Loyal Stimpson of Franklin, was treated at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor and released.

The rollover occurred just before 1 p.m. in the southbound lane, according to Maine State Police Trooper Thomas Fiske, the investigating officer.

Stimpson lost control of his 1989 Chevrolet van as he attempted to pass another vehicle on an icy stretch of the highway. The van left the interstate and rolled over at least twice before coming to a rest on its wheels down an embankment.

Stimpson and Lounder were wearing seat belts when the accident occurred, the trooper said. It was not clear Wednesday night if Whittaker, who was thrown clear of the van, was wearing his seat belt.

Fiske said the van sustained significant damage, particularly to the caved-in roof. He said driving too fast for road conditions appeared to be the cause of the accident, which remains under investigation.

The trooper added that state police responded to at least a dozen accidents Wednesday in the 5-mile stretch of I-95 near Carmel.

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