Police with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an accident that landed an Orrington man in a Bangor hospital early Monday morning, Oct. 11.

Unity Volunteer Ambulance personnel initially treated Richard H. Smith, 39, at the scene, and then transported him to the LifeFlight helicopter, which landed at a location nearby. Smith was then transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he is being treated for unspecified injuries, according to Waldo County Chief Deputy Bob Keating.

The crash is believed to have occurred at about 1 a.m., said Keating, but it’s difficult for police to determine the exact time of the accident, because Smith was the only occupant of the vehicle and there were no witnesses.

Smith was traveling south on Route 139 after attending an event and giving a friend a ride home, Keating said. Smith apparently failed to stop his 2004 Ford at the intersection of Route 139 and Prairie Road, continued through the intersection and drove straight into a line of trees on the opposite side of Route 139. The accident report stated that the vehicle appeared to have vaulted end-over-end before coming to rest on its roof.

Unity Volunteer Ambulance personnel used the Jaws of Life to free Smith from the vehicle.

The accident report stated that there were no brake marks in the road to indicate that Smith had attempted to stop the vehicle.

“We’re assuming that maybe he fell asleep,” said Keating.

Keating said the vehicle was not immediately visible, but a passer-by had reported that taillights were visible in the woods near Route 139, which helped police locate Smith. Keating estimated that the vehicle had traveled about 300 feet from the road.

Smith’s Ford had an estimated $10,000 in damage.