Police determine cause of vehicle rollover that hit Main Street house

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 4:00pm

Story Location:
179 main street
rockland  Maine
United States

    ROCKLAND — Rockland police say a medical emergency may have caused a Rockland woman to lose control of a vehicle on Main Street, midday Thursday. 

    According to Patrol Sergeant Kenneth J. Smith, interviews of witnesses and vehicle occupants led to a determination by police that Dale Malmstrom, 65 of Rockland, was driving with another adult and two minors within 2007 Silver Jeep Grand Cherokee at 12:30 p.m. The occupants were heading north along Main Street (Route 73) when the medical emergency caused Malmstrom to lose control of the vehicle, cross over the center line, rollover, hit a stop sign, a large tree, and a house at 197 Main Street, before coming to rest on its passenger side.

    Speed is also alleged to be a factor, according to Smith.

    Rockland and Thomaston emergency personnel transported the four occupants within the Cherokee to Pen Bay Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

    A section of Main Street was closed for about 90 minutes.  Rockland firefighters spent several minutes removing at least one front-seat occupant by way of the tailgate after the vehicle came to a stop on the front lawn. Personnel placed a jack at the undercarriage to maintain immobility while some crew members used a ladder to look through the driver’s side door.

    The impact of the crash left significant structural damage to the house, as well as a snapped tree and a scattered wooden railing.

    All occupants were wearing safety belts, and the airbag deployment, and the vehicle was totaled, according to Smith.

    Assisting agencies were Rockland Fire/EMS, Thomaston EMS, Rockland Public Services and Rockland Code Enforcement Office. 

    CMP also responded because power was lost in the immediate area. 

    No Charges will be filed.


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    ROCKLAND — Firefighters and rescue teams are on scene at 179 Main Street in Rockland, Feb. 18, where a vehicle rolled over and slammed into a tree and a house.

    Several injured patients are being transported to the hospital.

    Knox Regional Communications Center received multiple reports of the rollover, starting at approximately 12:30 p.m., Feb. 18, sending Rockland Police, Fire and EMS to a stretch of Main Street, Route 73 between Water Street and Laurel Street. Thomaston Ambulance was then called upon to transfer one of the occupants of the vehicle. 

    Traffic was being rerouted at Water and Florence streets, on the north side, and Ocean and Holmes streets, on the south side.

    The road reopened just after 2 p.m.