Icy roads blamed for crash that injures three in Calais

Posted Jan. 30, 2009, at 8:45 p.m.

CALAIS, Maine — Three people were injured Friday in an automobile accident when one of the cars slid on ice and smashed into the other.

The accident happened on Route 1 in the Red Beach area of Calais.

Kurtis Huntsinger, 22, of Calais, driving a 2000 Toyota, was traveling toward Calais when his car hit a patch of ice. The vehicle slid sideways across the centerline into the path of a 2008 Chrysler SUV driven by John Patterson, 68, of Eastport. The passenger in the car was Patterson’s wife, Marjorie Patterson, 62, according to Sgt. Claude Chabre of the Calais Police Department.

Both cars ended up on the side of the road in the snowbank.

Downeast EMS took the three to Calais Regional Hospital.

Huntsinger had cuts to his face, while John Patterson had an injury to his right hand. Marjorie Patterson complained of leg pain. The three were treated and then released.

All three were wearing seat belts.

Both cars were demolished. The Patterson SUV was valued at $46,000, while the Huntsinger vehicle was valued at $7,000.

The Calais Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

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