An Augusta man is in the hospital following a Tuesday rollover crash on I-95.

According to an article in the KJ, 20-year old Allen Tripp was headed south on Interstate 95 when he lost control of his vehicle, a Kia Sorento, between Lewiston and Auburn.  After losing control, the vehicle rolled over.

The vehicle came to rest against the guardrail on the road's shoulder, causing Tripp to be trapped inside the vehicle.

He was freed by members of the Lewiston Fire Department.  Tripp was unconscious when he was freed from the vehicle.  Once freed, he was taken to Central Maine Medical Center.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The fact that he was wearing a seatbelt probably help minimize the injuries he received in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

This incident is a reminder that wearing seatbelt can help save a life.

According to statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were about 26,000 traffic fatalities in 2021.  About half of those who were killed were not wearing their seatbelts.

Additionally, NHTSA estimates that in 2017 alone, about 15,000 people were saved because they were wearing a seatbelt when their crash occurred.

Next time you get in a vehicle, please take a few seconds to buckle your seatbelt.

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