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St. Francis men transported to Bangor hospital following crash

FORT KENT, Maine — Two St. Francis men have been transported to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center following a single-vehicle crash in Fort Kent on Wednesday evening. 

Nicholas Gardner, 21, was driving a 2011 Dodge Caliber westbound on Frenchville Road shortly after 7 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a utility pole. 

Fort Kent firefighters extricated Gardner and his passenger, 29-year-old Levi Jandreau, from the vehicle. Both men were seriously injured in the crash. 

Jandreau was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to the Bangor hospital and Gardner was transported by ambulance.

Eighteen firefighters responded to the scene amid a report that the vehicle was on fire with the men trapped inside, said Chief Ed Endee. Bystanders emptied a fire extinguisher on the car and there was no evidence of fire when the firefighters arrived. 

Excessive speed appears to be a factor in the crash, which is still being investigated, Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier said.

The vehicle was destroyed in the crash and was towed. The firefighters assisted on the scene by directing traffic while Versant Power replaced the broken utility pole. 

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