LEVANT, Maine — The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and the state police are investigating a three-vehicle crash Tuesday night that left eight people injured, three of them critically.
Two children and one adult woman were critically injured in the accident, which occurred at about 7:40 p.m. at the intersection of Route 222 and Stetson Road, according to Sgt. Scott Young of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department. One child was transported to a Bangor hospital by LifeFlight helicopter, he said. Four adults and another child suffered less serious injuries, Young said. All of the victims were transported to a hospital, he said.
The names of the victims were not immediately released late Tuesday because the investigation remained in the early stages, Young said. He said police were still in the process of reconstructing the accident, interviewing those involved and notifying family members.
Few details were available at press time, but Young said the accident involved a silver Jeep, a blue minivan and a green pickup truck that all reached the intersection at about the same time.
Young said it appeared that the minivan, which was traveling on Stetson Road, had made it almost all the way across Route 222 when it was struck by the Jeep, which was traveling west on Route 222, spinning it into the pickup truck, which was stopped at a stop sign.
Young said the sheriff’s department called in state police accident reconstruction and forensic mapping specialists to help determine how the accident happened.