Driver transported to hospital after striking building on Route 3

Vehicle struck ditch, road sign before hitting building
By Ben Holbrook | Sep 21, 2012
Photo by: Ben Holbrook Belfast Police, Fire and Ambulance responded to the scene of a single-vehicle accident on Route 3 after a vehicle struck the Atlantic Bay Chiropractic building.

Belfast — A driver was transported to the hospital after her vehicle struck the Atlantic Bay Chiropractic building on Route 3 in Belfast Friday, Sept. 21.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene of the accident shortly before 10:30 a.m. for a reported call of a personal injury accident. Morrill resident Linda Snelling said she was stopped on Route 3 to turn left into Fishers Christmas Tree Farm when she saw the vehicle strike the ditch and a road sign.

Belfast Officer Brian Lunt said the driver of the mid-1990s Ford Bronco did not see that Snelling's vehicle was stopped to make a turn and turned to the right as she applied the brakes to avoid a collision. The vehicle left the road, where it struck a ditch and jumped "half of the road," Lunt said, before continuing across the property.

"Something broke in the steering. I don't know if it was the shaft or the column, but the wheel would just spin completely around," Lunt said.

The vehicle continued traveling across the grass before it struck the corner of the Atlantic Bay Chiropractic building. Lunt said the front bumper of the Bronco was in the basement by the time the vehicle stopped.

The driver was transported to Waldo County General Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. A passenger in the vehicle was not injured in the accident.

"It could have been a lot worse," Lunt said of the crash.

Lunt said the Bronco is totaled and "quite a bit" of damage was done to the building, including a corner post that was knocked out by the vehicle.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at

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