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Tow Truck Colided with vehicle head on. (ME) "Updated 06.05.21"


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Fire and rescue crews worked to free a woman trapped in her vehicle Friday after a car and truck collided on Lisbon Street.




LEWISTON — At least one person was seriously injured Friday night when a car and tow truck collided head-on Lisbon Street.


The crash was first reported at about 7:30 p.m. Nearly an hour later, rescue crews were struggling to extricate a woman from her mangled vehicle.


The vehicles collided on a stretch of Lisbon Street beneath the turnpike overpass, a short distance from North Lisbon Road. Witnesses reported the tow truck, which had a car strapped to its bed, burst into flames after the impact.


A video from another driver’s dash cam shows the tow truck heading outbound on Lisbon Street moments before the crash. The truck is seen weaving into oncoming traffic several times.


Police shut down a long section of Lisbon Street while fire and rescue crews attempted to free the woman in the car. Traffic was detoured in several areas, including down Westminster Street on one end and Old Lisbon Street on the other.


The street beneath the overpass was jammed with emergency vehicles, including firetrucks and ambulances.


At about 8:25 p.m., it was reported that the woman had been freed from her vehicle and was being taken to Central Maine Medical Center. No further information about her condition was available.


Police were expected to keep part of Lisbon Street closed as a reconstruction got underway as part of their investigation.


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In all fairness to CGT Transport for the way the industry news has been lately regarding tow operators and medical emergencies. I'm glad that this scenario didn't result in a head-on fatality for either vehicle.  I recall an accident I investigated year's ago where the tow truck driver had a sneezing attack while driving down the boulevard, crossed center and impacted several parked cars. Have you ever tried to keep your eyes open when you're having a sneezing attack? Stranger things have happened.        R.

Randall C. Resch

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Auburn man to serve 4 years for Lewiston drug-induced crash


Parents give emotional testimony Friday about their daughter's injuries.


Updated June 4

AUBURN — Steve Gregoire told a judge Friday that he spent his birthday two years ago at a crash scene in Lewiston, watching his 19-year-old daughter being extricated from her mangled car and listening to her screaming in pain from multiple critical injuries until she lost consciousness.


The crash caused a compound fracture to his daughter’s upper leg, fractured her lower leg, caused a compound fracture to her upper arm and shattered the bones in her lower arm.


It left her with nearly third-degree burns on her lower leg and a deep gash in her thigh.


She spent roughly a month in a hospital before a long recovery involving surgeries and painful physical therapy.


“Just thinking about it makes me cry,” Alesha Gregoire, 21, said Friday at the sentencing of the man who slammed his tow truck head-on into the Subaru she was driving on Lisbon Street in Lewiston about 5:30 p.m. on Aug, 16, 2019.



Dalton Farrington Androscoggin County Jail photo

The truck driven by Dalton Farrington, 29, of 483 Hotel Road, Auburn, had veered into Gregoire’s lane while he was high on the opioid fentanyl, Assistant District Attorney Molly Butler Bailey told the judge Friday.Justice Thomas McKeon sentenced Farrington on Friday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to 10 years in prison, but suspended six years of that time. That means Farrington will spend four years in prison on the charge of aggravated assault. He will be on probation for three years after his release.


McKeon also imposed concurrent sentences of six months and 12 months, respectively, on charges of aggravated operating under the influence of drugs and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. Farrington was fined $2,100. He lost his license for six years.


Since his arrest, Farrington attended a drug rehabilitation program after a long period of drug addiction, defense attorney Donald Hornblower said. He said his client had taken responsibility for his actions by agreeing to plead guilty to avoide putting the young woman and her family through a trial.


He said Farrington continued to feel shame and guilt for the crash.


Farrington, appearing from Androscoggin County Jail via videoconference, apologized to his victims.


“I’m deeply sorry for my decisions and choices I made that day,” he said.



She said her broken bones continue to cause pain and limit her physically, preventing her from engaging in many of the actives she once enjoyed, such as scuba diving.


“I feel the consequences every day from it,” she said.


The emotional hearing Friday featured statements from Gregoire and her parents who fought off sobs at the memory of the crash and its aftermath.

Farrington chose to take drugs and get behind the wheel that day, Steve Gregoire told the judge.


The only choices given his daughter were how to react to the tow truck bearing down on her in her lane, Gregoire said: swerve right or left to try to avoid it.


She turned left into the center turning lane, probably saving her life, but Farrington at that moment sought to correct his error by turning back toward his lane resulting in the head-on collision, Steve Gregoire said.


Police later found syringes and fentanyl in Farrington’s backpack in the truck cab. A lab detected morphine and fentanyl in his urine.


Several witnesses told police they had seen the tow truck, which was carrying another vehicle, driven by Farrington, veering fully into the wrong lane before the crash.


Alesha Gregoire had been listed in critical condition and had to breathe through a tube after she was rushed to a nearby hospital.


Her father, testifying Friday, told the judge that day has haunted him ever since and he can still hear clearly his daughter’s cries and screams.

“That’s something that I cannot get out of my head,” he said.


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