February 10

Benton crash leaves car destroyed, driver unharmed

Reid Liberty’s car went off Clinton Avenue and rolled down an embankment after hitting ice, according to the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling mhhetling@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

A driver escaped unharmed when his SUV went off Clinton Avenue in Benton and rolled down an embankment Monday morning.

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BENTON ROLLOVER: Reid Liberty, background, of Benton, watches as one of two tow truck operators pulls his car out of a ravine after the Jeep slid on ice, went over a guardrail and rolled over into the woods on Route 100 in Benton on Monday. Liberty was not injured.

Staff photo by David Leaming

“He suffered no injuries,” said Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon, of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, Reid Liberty, described by Reardon as being in his 20s, hit a patch of ice while traveling south on the road, which is Route 100, shortly after 7:30 a.m.

Liberty’s Jeep skidded into a guardrail, bounced off it and then went down a steep embankment on the opposite side of the road.

Reardon said it took two tow trucks to remove the car, which was totalled, from the road.

Reardon said there were no other cars involved and that he doesn’t expect any charges to be brought in relation to the incident.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287 mhhetling@centralmaine.com Twitter: @hh_matt
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