Two drivers sent to hospital after cars collide in Dixmont

Posted July 21, 2009, at 2:10 p.m.

DIXMONT, Maine — A man and woman were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after their cars collided at the intersection of Routes 7 and 9 at around 7:50 a.m. Tuesday.

Maine State Police Trooper Brenda Coolen said William Harringan, 82, of Bangor was driving a Ford Escort station wagon north on Route 7 when he pulled out in front of a 2000 Oldsmobile Elite Alero driven by Malorie Robichaud, 24, of Dixmont.

Robichaud was headed east from Troy on Route 9, and was turning left onto Route 7 when Harringan pulled out in front of her, Coolen said.

“She had the right of way,” Coolen said Tuesday morning. “He failed to yield the right of way.”

“She couldn’t have been going more than 20, 25 [mph],” she added.

Both cars were demolished, Coolen said.

Police said both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Coolen said Robichaud was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor complaining of neck pain before police could question her about the accident.

Harringan had “some complaint of pain and bruising on his ribs, [and] he seemed a little disoriented,” Coolen said.

The man also was taken to EMMC.

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