Two hospitalized after Route 1 crash

By Fran Gonzalez | Jan 15, 2020
Courtesy of: Belfast Police A 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. Gibbons is a well-known attorney in Camden and Knox County.

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

According to police, Gibbons and Moore were taken to hospitals, Gibbons to Waldo County General Hospital and Moore by LifeFlight Ground Ambulance to a Bangor hospital. 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 around 7:05 p.m.

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

A 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)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Barry Douglas Morse | Jan 18, 2020 12:08

Fran, Is the model year of the Chrysler 200 known? Asking because the IIHS only began rating frontal, small overlap crashworthiness (40 mph) in 2012. The particulars of the actual crash may differ from the IIHS test parameters, but that Chrysler 200 in the accident did not fare well compared to an IIHS test vehicle.

To anyone driving an older vehicle: keep in mind that car makers  generally make structural improvements to keep up with changes in tests. IIHS introduced the small overlap, driver's side frontal crash test in 2012.

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