A three-car accident that shut down Route 1 for the better part of the afternoon Monday, Aug. 29 sent six people to area hospitals, according to a press release from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Dispatchers at the Waldo County Regional Communications Center received the report of the Route 1 crash at 11:24 a.m., according to the release, and when emergency crews arrived at the scene they found all three vehicles were completely blocking the roadway.

Route 1 was closed for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and reconstructed, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The accident occurred as William Goldenstein, 71, of Toronto, Ontario was driving a 2005 Porsche SUV north on Route 1 with his wife, 68-year-old Evelyn Goldenstein. Meanwhile Everett Hall, 44, of Swanville, was driving south in a 2005 Ford Explorer and had stopped to make a left turn.

Ralph Harriman, 59, of Searsport was traveling behind Hall in a 2003 Dodge Dakota and reportedly rear-ended the Ford that Hall was driving. The impact sent Hall’s vehicle into the path of the northbound Porsche, according to the press release.

William Goldenstein was taken by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital and was later transported via LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Police described William Goldenstein’s injuries as serious. Evelyn Goldenstein was transported to WCGH, treated and released.

Hall and his two minor passengers were transported via ambulance to WCGH. Hall and one of the children were later transported by ambulance to EMMC, and both are being treated for serious injuries, according to WCSO. The second youth was treated and released from WCGH.

Harriman was transported via ambulance to WCGH, where he was treated and released.

Detective Matt Curtis of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office is the primary investigator, and he is being assisted by Lt. Jason Trundy and Deputy Darrin Moody. Sgt. Ken Smith of Rockland Police Department is reconstructing the crash, and Maine State Police Sgt. Darren Foster completed the forensic mapping of the accident.

Northport First Responders, Northport Fire Department, Belfast Fire Department, Belfast Ambulance and Searsport Ambulance all assisted at scene.