Head-on crash sends 3 people to hospital

Posted March 16, 2009, at 11:30 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:01 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Three people were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center on Monday night after a head-on collision involving two vehicles on outer Hammond Street.

All three of the people involved suffered cuts and bruises and complained of pain at the accident, according Bangor police Officer Doug Smith. They were still being evaluated late Monday, Smith said.

Injured were Richard Spreng, 40, of Hampden, who was traveling alone in his 2000 Dodge Durango, Brocke Robinson, 30, of Hermon, who was driving a 1997 Ford Taurus, and Robinson’s passenger, 60-year-old Edward Rowe of Bangor.

According to Smith, the accident occurred about 8:35 p.m., when Spreng hit a pothole or dip in front of Chase’s Family Restaurant at 1575 Hammond St., about 100 yards from the Hermon town line. That caused him to lose control of his vehicle, which skidded into the path of Robinson’s car.

Smith said that Robinson had to be removed from the wreckage with hydraulic extrication equipment, but neither he nor the other two accident victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

The stretch of roadway on which the crash occurred was located in a slight dip where water from snow and ice melt earlier in the day had refrozen. A city salt truck was called to the scene after the wrecked vehicles were removed.

Though Spreng did not appear to be driving more than the posted speed limit, he was traveling too fast for road conditions at the time, Smith said.

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