EDDINGTON, Maine — Two motorists were taken to a Bangor hospital Wednesday evening for injuries they suffered in a head-on collision on Riverside Drive, about a mile off Route 9.
Injured were Debra Donelan, 53, of Levant, and Timothy Libby, 23, of Old Town, Deputy Daren Mason of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday night. Mason said both victims were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Both were being evaluated in the hospital’s emergency department as of 9 p.m., an EMMC nursing supervisor said.
According to Mason, the accident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. when Donelan, who was driving south in her 1996 Toyota Corolla, crossed the centerline and traveled into the path of Libby’s northbound 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
“They pretty much hit driver-to-driver,” Mason said, adding that the driver’s sides of both vehicles then slid alongside each other until both cars came to a stop, causing significant damage to each.
The two motorists were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and the air bags in both vehicles deployed, preventing what Mason said could have been more serious injuries.
Mason said the two motorists suffered nearly identical injuries to their left sides, including leg and arm injuries and cuts to their heads. He said the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.
Because of the damage to the driver’s sides of their cars, neither Donelan nor Libby was able to exit the usual way.
Mason said that Libby was able to get himself out of his car by climbing through the sun roof. Donelan, however, was pinned inside her Corolla and needed to be removed from it by Brewer and Eddington firefighters using hydraulic extrication equipment.
Though the accident remained under investigation Wednesday night, Mason said that Donelan indicated that she drifted into the oncoming traveling lane because she was “not paying attention.” Mason said a witness to the crash indicated that speed was not a factor in the accident.