ELLSWORTH — A Mount Desert man reportedly fell asleep while driving on the Bangor Road Thursday morning, which caused his car to cross the centerline and collide with a tractor-trailer truck.
Police said 36-year-old Allen D. Sawyer was driving south around 11:20 a.m. when he “dozed off” near Moto-Car.
The 2003 Subaru Legacy station wagon he was driving then crossed the centerline.
At the same time, a 2008 Kenworth tractor-trailer truck driven by 49-year-old Anthony T. Berouty of East Providence, R.I., was headed north. The trailer, owned by NES Equipment Services Corp. of Des Plaines, Ill., was unloaded.
Police said Berouty tried to avoid colliding with the Subaru but was unable to do so. Tire marks across the lawns at the scene of the crash showed how the truck had swerved to the right.
The Subaru collided with the cab of the truck, causing extensive damage to its driver’s side front end and also the fuel tank on the truck.
Sawyer was taken to the hospital by County Ambulance, complaining of pain all over his body. His injuries were characterized as incapacitating. He was wearing his seat belt, and his airbag did deploy.
Berouty was uninjured in the crash.
Ellsworth Police Lt. Harold Page said the cleanup was complicated by the fact that the fuel tank hit by the Subaru was leaking diesel fuel as a result of that impact.
The tank had just been filled prior to the crash, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was called in to empty the tank and prevent as much fuel as possible from leaking out. The truck had to stay in place until the fuel was removed.