Three-car crash results in multiple injuries

By Ben Holbrook | Jul 30, 2013
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Belfast — A three-vehicle crash near the Belfast and Belmont town line sent one man to the hospital by helicopter Saturday, July 27, and injured several others.

Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said the crash occurred at 3:20 p.m. after David Lee, 31, of New Jersey, drifted over the center line while traveling east on Route 3. Lee's vehicle, a Dodge Neon, struck a Volkswagen station wagon traveling in the opposite direction in a manner that McFadden described as being head-on and a side-swipe.

Both vehicles spun out of control before the Volkwagen swerved into the lane that Lee's vehicle had veered from and struck a Honda SUV, McFadden said.

Between the three vehicles, there were eight people involved, five of whom required medical attention. McFadden said Lee was taken by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. Three of the passengers in the vehicles did not require medical attention.

Because of the seriousness of the crash, McFadden said accident reconstructionist Sgt. Kenneth Smith of the Rockland Police Department was called in to investigate. The crash is still under investigation, he said.

All three vehicles sustained significant damage, McFadden said. He said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

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