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 concious 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, sideswiping the vehicle as it turned.
Harburger said the force of the impact sent the Yukon into the westbound lane, colliding head-on with a white GMC pickup truck.
Four people in the Yukon and one in the GMC were later taken to the hospital. Two women who were sitting on the grass near the intersection declined to be transported 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.
Police closed the intersection while the scene was cleared. Traffic moved again at 11:45 a.m., stopped for several minutes as a tow truck hauled away the Yukon and the GMC and then moved again a few minutes later.
The westbound side of Route 9 was still backed up shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Eddington Fire Department cleared some fluids and debris from the roadway.
Crews from Bangor, Brewer and Holden also responded.