Waldo collision leaves one driver hurt

By Tanya Mitchell | Nov 09, 2012
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Waldo — A Waldo woman was transported to the hospital to be treated for whiplash symptoms following a two-car accident at the intersection of Routes 7 and 131 Tuesday, Nov. 6.

According to records at the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, 31-year-old Joy MacDonald of Waldo was headed east on Route 131 at 7:45 a.m. and was approaching the Route 7 intersection in her 1998 Honda SUV. MacDonald told police she waited for a vehicle that was traveling south on Route 7 to pass through the intersection before she made a right turn onto Route 7.

Meanwhile 43-year-old Lisa Magnussen of Brooks was headed south on Route 7 in her 2011 Toyota. Magnussen reportedly told police she saw MacDonald approach the intersection, stop and hesitate, then turn right and into her path of travel. The report stated Magnussen did not have time to avoid the accident.

MacDonald told police she did not see Magnussen's vehicle approaching and suggested Magnussen was traveling at an excessive speed, according to the report.

The police report stated Allison Wharton of Plymouth, who was following Magnussen at the time of the crash, corroborated Magnussen's account of what happened. Wharton, who was able to avoid being involved in the crash, pulled over to the side of the road and rendered aid to the drivers until police and ambulance attendants arrived at the scene.

The responding officer, Deputy James Porter, stated in his report that MacDonald's visibility may have been affected by the rising sun but noted Magnussen was approaching from a north-westerly direction at the time of the collision. He further stated that Magnussen had the right-of-way and MacDonald failed to yield, but added that Magnussen failed to drive defensively and anticipate MacDonald's actions.

Lt. Jason Trundy said MacDonald, who was complaining of pain in the neck region, was transported by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital. Magnussen was treated and released at the scene, he said.


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