Driver summoned after rear-ending car, pushing it into oncoming vehicleNo life-threatening injuries reported
Belfast — A three-car accident on Swan Lake Avenue Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 27, sent three people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and one driver was summonsed for distracted driving.
At about 4:15 p.m., Jennifer Faulkingham, 29, of Belfast had stopped her Chevrolet Impala sedan in the northbound lane of Route 141 to turn left into a driveway when Joseph Benney, 48, of Monroe, driving a black Ford F350 truck, rear-ended her car.
The impact pushed Faulkingham's vehicle into the oncoming lane, where it collided head-on with a white Mitsubishi SUV driven by David Alley, 51, of Lincolnville. Faulkingham's three children, ages 8, 6 and 5, were passengers in her car.
Officer Rick Smith of Beflast Police responded to the scene, as did Belfast Ambulance and Fire Department. Smith said skid marks on the road surface indicate that the Ford F350 did not brake until after the initial impact.
According to Smith, Faulkingham had neck and back pain, and her daughter had an injury to her lip. Alley suffered two broken arms. All three were transported to Waldo County Hospital.
Smith said airbags deployed in the Chevrolet and the Mitsubishi. The drivers and passengers were all wearing seat belts, and the children were in car seats.
"That is why they weren't hurt," Smith said. "It was a very hard impact. If they weren't secured, we'd be looking at a very different accident."
The Chevrolet was severely damaged on both its front and back ends. The Mitsubishi and the Ford both had front-end damage.
Officer Brian Lunt said it was unclear why Benney was distracted, and that he had not sent or received cell phone calls or texts near the time of the impact. He said Benney was issued a summons for distracted driving.
Traffic from both directions was diverted while crews cleared the scene.