MOUNT DESERT, Maine — Two Biddeford residents who spend summers in Southwest Harbor suffered apparently minor injuries Monday when they were involved in a head-on collision on Beech Hill Road, according to police.
The accident occurred around noon Monday after the driver of the other vehicle became distracted while adjusting her vehicle’s radio, Mount Desert police Officer Leigh Guildford said.
Polly Weaver, 88, of Biddeford was driving a 2004 Toyota south on the road while Ariel Bothen, 17, of Mount Desert was driving a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck north, according to the officer. Bothen was adjusting the truck radio when it drifted into the southbound lane and into the path of Weaver’s car, he said.
Both Bothen and Weaver tried to avoid the collision by turning into the northbound lane, where their vehicles struck each other, Guildford said.
Weaver suffered minor chest pain, which the officer said likely was caused by her seat belt or her striking the steering wheel, while her husband, passenger Miles Weaver, 85, suffered cuts to his face. Both were taken by ambulance to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, he said.
“[The injuries] didn’t appear to be serious,” Guildford said.
All three passengers were wearing seat belts and Bothen was uninjured in the accident, he said. The pickup truck had an estimated $3,500 in damage and the Toyota had $10,000 in damage. Both vehicles were demolished in the collision, the officer said.