Pair of crashes keeps Searsport emergency crews busy

By Tanya Mitchell | Jun 28, 2012
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Searsport police and firefighters responded to an accident on West Main Street in Searsport Thursday afternoon, June 28.

Searsport — Two separate car accidents that occurred within just over an hour of one another kept Searsport police, fire and ambulance personnel on the run Thursday afternoon, June 28, but neither of the crashes resulted in injury.

The first accident, which occurred on West Main Street, created brief delays for those traveling along Route 1 Thursday afternoon.

Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye said the accident occurred when an unknown pickup truck stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the road from Harborlight Square Apartments. Meanwhile, 25-year-old Barbara Blake-Chapman of Ellsworth was following behind the truck in a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am. W

LaHaye said when Blake-Chapman stopped behind the truck, 29-year-old Terri Meador of New Sharon was approaching from behind Blake-Chapman's vehicle in a 2008 Volvo. Meador was unable to stop in time to avoid running into the rear of the Grand Am, LaHaye said.

The Grand Am, said LaHaye, sustained minor damage, including a cracked bumper guard, but the Volvo had extensive damage to its front end, including a punctured radiator.

The second accident, which was a single-car crash, occurred at about 3 p.m. near the intersection of Mortland and Old County roads.

In that case, LaHaye said, 60-year-old Stephen Paige of Swanville was traveling along the Old County Road just as a powerful rainstorm hit the Midcoast region. LaHaye said Paige may have been traveling into the opposite lane due to the poor visibility and over-corrected when he met an ambulance that was leaving the West Main Street crash scene. From there, Paige's vehicle slid off the road.

Paige was not injured, and the 2002 GMC Sonoma he was driving at the time of the accident sustained minor damage, LaHaye said.

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