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Two hospitalized after Route 1 crash

By Fran Gonzalez | Jan 15, 2020
Courtesy of: Belfast Police Police said this Toyota Highlander, driven by Paul Gibbons, 71, of Camden, drifted over the center line and crashed head-on into oncoming traffic Jan. 14 in Belfast.

Belfast — A head-on collision on Route 1 near Don Foshay's Discount Tire Tuesday afternoon sent two drivers to the hospital.

Belfast Police said a call came in at 4:24 p.m. reporting three vehicles sustaining damage.

A black Toyota Highlander heading south, driven by Paul Gibbons, 71, of Camden, crossed into oncoming traffic just past the Irving gas station on Northport Avenue, according to police. Gibbons is a well-known Knox County attorney.

Gibbons' vehicle first hit the mirror of a pickup truck driven by Justin Moody, 30, of Belfast, who was heading north. His Toyota then crashed head-on into a maroon Chrysler 200, traveling behind Moody, driven by Kyle Moore, 21, of Frankfort.

According to police, Gibbons and Moore were taken to area hospitals. Gibbons was taken to Waldo County General Hospital by ambulance, and from there to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Moore was transported by LifeFlight Ground Ambulance service to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Specifics of the injuries were not available.

Extrication took a long time, according to police. Several tools, including the Jaws of Life, were used. Eventually, they said, the roof was cut off the car to get Moore out.

No charges have been filed, and both the Gibbons and Moore vehicles were destroyed. Traffic was rerouted until the accident was cleared at about 7:05 p.m.

As of Monday, Kyle Moore had been discharged from the hospital. According to Gibbons' office, he still remained hospitalized. The Journal contacted the hospital for a comment on his condition but its policy prohibits disclosing such information.

Belfast Police responded along with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, Belfast Ambulance and Fire Department and LifeFlight Ground Ambulance.

This Chrysler 200, driven by Kyle Moore was destroyed in a Jan. 14 head-on collision on Route 1 in Belfast. Moore was taken by LifeFlight Ground Ambulance to a Bangor hospital. (Courtesy of: Belfast Police)
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