A New Vineyard man and his infant son were seriously hurt in a single-vehicle crash in Franklin County.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says it was approximately 2:45 Sunday afternoon when a Maine State Trooper noticed the driver of a maroon Subaru Legacy speeding and driving aggressively, as well as making unsafe passes while heading eastbound on Route 2, otherwise known as the Farmington Falls Road in New Sharon. The Trooper turned his cruiser around to pursue the vehicle but quickly realized that the driver of the Subaru had lost control of the vehicle, struck a snowdrift, and crashed into a utility pole, as well as several large trees. When the Trooper arrived, the Subaru was overturned and sitting on its roof.

A passerby assisted the Trooper in rendering life-saving first aid to the driver, 26-year-old Nicholas Walker of New Vineyard, and his 5-month old son, who was secured in a child safety seat. Walker was transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, while his seriously injured baby was taken by LifeFlight to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Officials say a preliminary investigation determined that aggressive driving, speed, and road conditions were all possible factors in the crash. Route 2 was closed for two hours while police investigated the crash and Central Maine Power repaired the utility pole.

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