Head-on crash injures two in Warren

Posted Jan. 07, 2009, at 9:51 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — Two people were injured Wednesday in a head-on collision on U.S. Route 1 that was blamed on poor weather and road conditions.

The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m., when a northbound 1998 Ford van driven by Denna Hewlett, 33, of Rockland spun out of control and crashed head on into a 1995 Dodge van driven by Edward Taylor, 60, of Warren.

Taylor was heading south, according to Sgt. Steven Burns of the Knox County Sheriff’s Department.

Injured in the accident were Taylor, who was traveling alone, and Bobbi Jo Guilford, 27, whose hometown was not immediately available. Guilford was riding in the front passenger seat of Hewlett’s van, Burns said.

Both were taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, he said.

Taylor was later transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was listed in fair condition late Wednesday night, according to a nursing supervisor there.

Guilford, who suffered an injury to her head, was treated and then released, according to a Penobscot Bay nursing supervisor.

Escaping injury were Hewlett and her other passenger, Justin Mosher, 23, whose hometown also was not available Wednesday.

According to Burns, the region was experiencing sleet and freezing rain at the time of the crash and the road was icy, snowpacked and unsanded. He said neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors.

Sgt. Mark Tibbetts is the primary investigator of the crash, which remains under investigation, Burns said.

Burns said that each vehicle had an estimated $5,000 in damage. He said the accident report indicated that Taylor was wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred by that it was not clear if any of the occupants of Hewlett’s van were.

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