EAST EDDINGTON, Maine — A three-vehicle crash near the intersection of Routes 9 and 46 sent at least five people to the hospital late Sunday morning and backed up holiday traffic along both roads.
Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Harburger said early Sunday afternoon he did not know the identities of the people taken to the hospital, but he believed all were conscious when they were transported.
The incident was reported at 10:53 a.m. Harburger said it appeared that a woman driving a red Honda CR-V west on Route 9 made a left turn into a gas station and convenience store near the intersection. A driver in a beige GMC Yukon, heading east on Route 9, saw the Honda turning slowly and steered to the left to avoid hitting the Honda, grazing the vehicle as it turned.
Harburger said the force of the impact sent the Yukon into the westbound lane, where it collided head-on with a white GMC pickup truck.
Four people in the Yukon and one in the GMC were taken to the hospital. Two women in the CR-V declined to be taken by ambulance but told police they would go to the hospital on their own.
The women, one of whom was holding a bag of ice on her right shoulder, declined to comment.
The westbound side of Route 9 remained backed up several hours after the crash.
The Eddington Fire Department cleared some fluids and debris from the roadway.
Crews from Bangor, Brewer and Holden also went to the scene.