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Teen Driver Survives Crash That Rips Engine Out of Car

Photo, ME State Police

A teenager is lucky to be alive after a dramatic crash the resulted in the engine being ripped from the car’s frame. State Police say speed and alcohol were likely factors.

Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said in a press release that the accident happened early Sunday morning on High Street in West Gardiner. The local 16-year-old boy lost control of his vehicle at the crest of the hill and the car struck a utility pole, breaking it off at the ground. The car then overturned several times and came to rest on its wheels. The impact of the crash tore the engine from the car’s frame.

Troopers Seth Allen and Eric Verhille are investigating the accident and say speed and alcohol were likely factors. It’s expected the teenager, whose name has not been released since he’s a minor, will be charged. He was examined at the scene by Gardiner Rescue for minor injuries and released to family members. The Troopers say the boy had just dropped off a friend a short time before the crash.

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