Rear-ender at work zone started four-car crash Nov. 15

By Ethan Andrews | Nov 29, 2017
Photo by: Peggy Yingst A Cadillac sits next to Route 3 Nov. 15 after taking a head-on collision in a four-vehicle crash that left this driver and another injured.

Belfast — A four-vehicle crash, which injured two and closed Route 3 for more than an hour Nov. 15, was caused when a driver failed to stop at a work zone, according to a police report.

Police say Stephen Paige, 66, of Swanville was driving a blue Ford pickup eastbound on Route 3, east of Jesse Robbins Road, when he rear-ended a maroon Chevrolet in front of him, driven by Anne Mahle, 50, of Rockport.

The collision happened near a work zone where one lane was closed to traffic. In the crash report, Paige is listed as having disregarded a traffic sign, possibly related to the work zone.

Mahle's car was pushed forward into the car in front of it, driven by John Kershner of Peacock, N.H. Mahle's car then crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming white Cadillac driven by Marvin Jacobs, 76, of Belmont.

Mahle and Jacobs were listed with possible injuries. Mahle complained of back pain and Jacobs had abrasions and bruises on his face, according to the police report. Paige and Kershner were reported as uninjured.

Three of the vehicles were damaged badly enough that they had to be towed. The fourth, Kershner's car, escaped with minor damage.

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