All three drivers and one passenger escaped injury in a Route 1 accident that involved two passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer Thursday morning, Oct. 28.

Police got the initial report of the accident at 7:35 a.m., according to the accident report from Waldo County Sheriff’s Office Detective Merl Reed.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Bob Keating said the accident occurred after 33-year-old David Harmon of Cushing, who was headed south in a 1997 Buick, reached over to locate a pack of cigarettes.

“He crossed the center line and went into the path of the tractor-trailer,” Keating said. Harmon’s vehicle struck the tractor-trailer nearly head-on, Keating said.

The driver of the 2010 Freightliner tractor-trailer, 52-year-old Thomas C. Proulx, of Buxton, later told police that when Harmon’s vehicle struck the truck, it caused the steering mechanism in the truck to malfunction and he could not control the vehicle.

The tractor-trailer then met a 2002 Toyota pickup driven by 31-year-old Jonathan S. Dove of Northport. Keating said Dove attempted to make a hard left turn to avoid hitting the truck, but the Toyota struck one of the fuel tanks on the truck.

Proulx was still unable to steer the truck, Keating said, and the vehicle continued into the ditch and up over an embankment. Keating said Proulx reported that at one point, all he could see was the sky, and witnesses at the scene reported that the truck went airborne before it came to rest on a lawn near the Northport Food Pantry.

Northport Fire and Ambulance personnel responded to the scene to assist police with traffic control. Keating said medical personnel treated all three drivers and one passenger for minor injuries, and all were released at the scene.

Assisting Reed at the scene was Deputy David Mushrall.

Damage to the Buick and the Toyota was estimated at $3,500 and $5,000, respectively, and Keating said damage to the tractor-trailer was in excess of $100,000.

Keating was both amazed and relieved that no one suffered any serious injuries in the accident, and praised Northport emergency personnel for a job well done.

“It’s amazing, the cooperation we get from fire and ambulance departments in this county,” he said. “We couldn’t survive without them.”