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June 20, 2014

Ellenburg man badly hurt in crash

MALONE — An Ellenburg man, severely injured when a dump truck struck his car Wednesday here, was listed in critical condition Thursday evening at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Lee M. Yelle, 67, was also on a ventilator at the Burlington hospital, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said.

Allen P. Sansone, 45, who was driving the dump truck near 1188 Webster Street Road in Malone at about 5:50 p.m. when it crossed into the southbound lane and struck Yelle's car, faces a felony charge of DWAI-drugs and second-degree felony vehicular assault. 

He was also ticketed for speeding and failure to keep right, State Police said.

AIRLIFTED TO BURLINGTON

Sansone was driving the 2008 Ford F-550 dump truck northward on Webster Street Road, police said, when it veered into the opposite lane and hit Yelle's 2008 Ford Windstar.

Yelle was trapped in the car and extricated by Malone EMS then taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center, police said.

He was later airlifted to Fletcher Allen "due to the severity of injuries to his head, left leg and left arm," a press release said. 

Sansone, Fleishman said, "did not report any injuries."

However, she said, "when the troopers investigating the accident began to interview him, they detected some level of intoxication."

Sansone "was evaluated by one of our drug recognition experts," she said. "It's not believed to be alcohol involvement; it's believed to be drug involvement."

BLOOD TEST

Sansone was taken to Alice Hyde, where he consented to a blood test to determine just what caused his impairment, Fleishman said.

He told police he was working at the time of the crash; the owner of the truck, the trooper said, is John A. Biondo.

Sansone was arraigned in Bangor Town Court and sent to Franklin County Jail in lieu $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.

He was bailed out Thursday afternoon, according to Franklin County Jail.  

Sansone's next court date is 1 p.m. Monday, June 23, in Malone Town Court.

Further charges against him were pending the results of the blood test, police said.

Email Suzanne Moore: smoore@pressrepublican.com

Twitter: @editorSuzanne

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