Police in Fryeburg, Maine say a 74-year-old Fryeburg man apparently fell asleep while driving on Route 302 in Fryeburg Wednesday afternoon and ended up crashing into a Fryeburg Rescue Ambulance.
Detective Sgt. Josh Potvin says Alfred Berube was driving his 2001 Volvo eastbound on Main St. around 3:30 p.m. near Hidden Pines Lane when he suddenly crossed the centerline and hit the westbound ambulance on the driver’s side, causing extensive damage to both vehicles. The ambulance did not have its lights or siren on at the time.
Two more Fryeburg Rescue units responded with police to the scene and the road was shut down. The ambulance that was hit was carrying a 14-month old boy to Memorial Hospital in North Conway with his 3-year-old brother and their 36-year-old mother, along with a Fryeburg paramedic and the Rescue driver.
All five occupants of the ambulance that was hit were not hurt in the crash and the patient was transferred to another ambulance to continue to Memorial Hospital. Berube was taken to Bridgton Hospital with injuries described as “non-life threatening.”
Potvin credits the Fryeburg Rescue driver’s quick reaction in maneuvering to avoid a head-on collision. He says the crash is a reminder that operating a vehicle while fatigued is extremely dangerous.