ROBBINSTON, Maine — Two people were injured Wednesday in a two-car, head-on collision on Route 1.
At 2:50 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Department went to the scene of the two-vehicle crash.
Deputy Thomas Chambers said it appeared that John McKinley, 77, of Robbinston driving an Oldsmobile, year unknown, was turning into his driveway when he collided head-on with a Ford Escort, year unknown, driven by Melissa Farris, 19, of Eastport. Farris was traveling north toward Calais, while McKinley was traveling south when the accident occurred.
“He indicated that maybe the sun was in his eyes when he turned in [to his driveway],” Chambers said of McKinley.
The deputy said it was clear that seat belts saved the lives of the two drivers.
“The air bag deployment shows the magnitude of the collision itself,” he said.
Chambers said McKinley complained of an injury to his leg, while Farris complained of burns from her air bag and seat belt. Both were taken by Downeast EMS ambulance to Calais Regional Hospital. McKinley later was transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Pleasant Point police Officer Fran Fitzsimmons and members of the Robbinston Fire Department assisted at the scene.
The accident remained under investigation Wednesday night.