On July 15, 2017 at approximately 8:15 A.M. the Maine State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash with injury on the New Dunntown Road in Wade.
Investigation revealed that a 16 year old juvenile from Washburn had been traveling eastbound on the New Dunntown Road at a high rate of speed when he lost control of a 1998 Buick Regal.
The vehicle left the roadway and struck a large tree head-on. The impact was so severe that the vehicle was nearly split in half by the force of the crash.
Once the car crashed into the tree, the vehicle burst into flames. The crash happened a short distance from the home of Damian Languell.
Mr. Languell heard the crash and ran out to the crash location. He attempted to put the fire out, but realized that the vehicle was quickly becoming entirely consumed by fire.
Mr. Languell, with complete disregard for his own safety, cut the teenage operator out of his seatbelt, and pulled him out a rear window of the vehicle.
Once Mr. Languell got the operator out of the vehicle, he was able to drag him to safety before the entire car was engulfed in flames. The juvenile operator was transported to The Aroostook Medical Center by Crown Ambulance with severe injuries.
He was later flown to a larger medical facility by fixed wing aircraft. The investigation is ongoing at this time. Trooper Nick Casavant is the primary investigator and he was assisted by Corporal Chuck Michaud and Trooper Rob Flynn at the scene.