Four-car accident on Route 1 sends two to hospital, backs up Labor Day traffic
Searsport — A four-car Labor Day collision sent two drivers to the hospital for evaluation and stalled holiday traffic on Route 1 for two hours.
According to Deputy Sheriff Ben Seekins who was present at the scene, at approximately 12:40 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1, a 17-year-old female from Belfast was driving a silver Toyota Rav4 north on Route 1 in Searsport. She slowed down approaching Hobby Horse Flea Market, where there were vehicles parked on the side of the road.
Seekins said her vehicle was rear-ended by Michael Roman, approximately 28, of Brooks, who was driving a blue Chrysler minivan, which pushed her car into a parked Kia SUV belonging to Angel Ales, approximately 43, of Massachusetts.
Roman veered left to cross the oncoming lane where he was hit by a yellow Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck driven by Pamela Johnson, approximately 48, of Stockton Springs.
Stockton Springs Fire Department and Searsport and Stockton Springs ambulances responded to the scene, Seekins said.
Both the female driver of the Toyota and Johnson were transported to Waldo County Hospital for evaluation. Seekins said Johnson was complaining of pain, but the other female driver had been transported before he arrived, so he did not know the extent of her injuries.
There was no one in the parked Kia at the time of the impact. There were three passengers in the minivan, but neither they nor the driver were injured or transported to the hospital, Seekins said. A few moments later, Stockton Springs Ambulance arrived to evaluate the family.
The minivan had front-end and passenger side damage, the Toyota had front and rear driver side damage, the Kia had front driver side damage, and the Chevrolet pickup had front driver side damage. The Kia was able to be driven away from the scene, but the other three cars were towed by Searsport Motor Co. and Dan's Towing and Auto Repair of Belfast.
Traffic was reduced to one lane for much of the time crews were on scene, and several times the single open lane was blocked for emergency vehicles to maneuver and for tow trucks to load vehicles.
Traffic was still backed up far in both directions at 2:15 p.m. Several people waiting in traffic left their vehicles to go for walks, and one complained that that crews weren't doing a good job keeping traffic moving. The vehicles were removed by 2:30 p.m.