Updated at 12:45 p.m. Monday

Police: Mystery vehicle triggers chain reaction crash on Route 3

By Tanya Mitchell | Dec 28, 2012
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Police are on the scene of what was reported as an accident involving two passenger vehicles and a tractor trailer.

Belmont — A driver's attempt to pass a line of vehicles on the left while traveling on Route 3 in Belmont near the Morrill town line resulted in three vehicles being damaged.

Deputies from the Waldo County Sheriff's Office responded to what was reported as an accident involving two passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer just after 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28.

According to the accident report at the sheriff's office, an unknown vehicle was third in a line of four vehicles traveling along Route 3 toward the Belmont-Morrill town line. The first vehicle in the line of traffic, a 2005 Toyota driven by 31-year-old Dawn Macleod of Belmont, was slowing to make a left turn when the unknown vehicle reportedly passed Macleod and a second vehicle on the left side. The second vehicle was a 2005 Kia van operated by 41-year-old Lynette Pendleton of Belfast.

The report stated that the actions of the unknown driver caused Macleod to slow down abruptly, causing the fourth vehicle in line — a tractor-trailer that was operated by 45-year-old Leslie Bodman of Rockland — to strike Pendleton's vehicle. The impact caused Pendleton's van to crash into Macleod's car.

"The unknown vehicle did not stop and was not located," stated the accident report.

All three drivers who were involved in the crash described the mystery car as a light green Buick with a male driver.

Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said Belfast ambulance attendants were on the scene, and while Pendleton and her two passengers, 30-year-old Michael Wilson and a 5-year-old boy, all sustained bruises and abrasions in the crash, none of the injuries were considered life threatening.

If anyone has any information about the unknown driver, Trafton said to call the sheriff's office at 338-2040.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook contributed reporting to this story.

Republican Journal reporter Tanya Mitchell can be reached at 338-3333 or at tmitchell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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