A crew from L.E. Norwood and Sons of Town Hill use a boom truck to extricate a Massachusetts minivan after it crashed down a 30-foot embankment on the Lower Mountain Road in Acadia National Park on Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Van with seven aboard crashes on Park Loop Road



ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Seven people who were in a minivan that ran off the Lower Mountain Road here and ended up on its roof at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment Friday escaped without life-threatening injuries.

According to ranger reports, the Honda Odyssey van was heading north on that section of the Park Loop Road, approximately half a mile south of the Cadillac Mountain Road, when the 60-year-old driver from Boxborough, Mass., apparently fell asleep. The van crossed the oncoming lane, hit a granite coping stone and went over the near-vertical embankment, landing upside down. Multiple airbags deployed.

Along with rangers, a fire truck and ambulances from Bar Harbor and other Mount Desert Island towns rushed to the aid of the driver, three other adults and three minors in the vehicle. Everyone had exited the minivan and was outside when crews arrived. Only the driver sustained some cuts and bruises, requiring treatment at Mount Desert Island Hospital. The rest were unhurt.

That section of the loop road was closed for approximately an hour and half while a crane from L.E. Norwood and Sons Masonry of Bar Harbor raised the minivan back onto the road where it could be hauled off by an Acadia Towing flatbed. No charges were filed. The vehicle is considered a total loss.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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