Police are still piecing together the events that led up to a van rollover on Route 1 that sent a 66-year-old Stockton Springs man to an area hospital Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 28.

Lt. Jason Trundy with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said a witness who was traveling east on Route 1 at about 1 p.m. told police that a Honda Odyssey van that was headed west drifted over the centerline. The witness said the driver appeared to overcorrect, sending the van swerving over onto the westbound lane and then back through the eastbound lane again.

The witness, Trundy said, slammed on his brakes to avoid a head-on collision with the swerving van, which police later learned was operated by 66-year-old Clair Fraser of Stockton Springs.

“[The witness] would have hit the van if he hadn’t hit his brakes,” said Trundy.

Fraser’s van then skidded off the road and rolled over, Trundy said. By the time the witness turned around and arrived back at the scene to see if Fraser was OK, Trundy said Fraser was out of the vehicle. Initial reports indicated that Fraser might have been ejected, but Trundy said that turned out not to be the case.

Fraser was complaining of pain in the area of his stomach, and Trundy said the Stockton Springs Ambulance had requested a LifeFlight helicopter to come and transport Fraser to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. When the helicopter got within a few miles of the scene, however, Trundy said the LifeFlight crew was unable to land the aircraft so Stockton Springs Ambulance attendants drove Fraser to Bangor instead.

Thursday morning, Trundy said the officer who covered the accident, Deputy Darrin Moody, had not yet had a chance to speak with Fraser to learn more about what led up to the accident. Trundy said Moody had learned earlier in the day that Fraser had sustained a pelvis injury and a few bumps and bruises in the accident, but that he was expected to be OK.