SOUTH THOMASTON — South Thomaston firefighters worked cautiously to disengage an airbag battery under the hood of a car involved in a rollover, Wednesday, March 25.
As long as the airbag battery remained intact, according to South Thomaston Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood, anyone sticking a head inside the vehicle’s window would be at risk of a sudden airbag deployment.
At approximately 12:20 p.m., Knox County Sheriff’s deputies, South Thomaston Fire, and South Thomaston Ambulance were called to the single-vehicle rollover on Buttermilk Lane, near Iron Tree Street and Weskeag Preserve.
When responders arrived, they found a black 2000 Honda Accord on its roof in the ditch. The driver, Zachary Tainter, 32, of South Thomaston, had already self-exticated and was up and walking around with no apparent injury, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
For their own sake, as well as for the sake of the next people to work on the vehicle at Creek Hill Towing, or beyond, the fire crew took extra time to locate the wires. Once the car was flipped over, however, finding and snipping those wires became significantly easier.
“The incident is still under investigation but driver inattention is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash,” said the KCSO.
Buttermilk Lane was closed to traffic for a little more than half an hour.
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