ROCKPORT, Maine — Three people were taken to a hospital Sunday after an accident at the intersection of Routes 90 and 17 that damaged five vehicles.
Police attributed the accident to a tricky traffic signal and a driver who was unfamiliar with the area.
Kurtis Van Doysen, 20, of Liberty was on Route 17 in a 1999 GMC pickup trying to make a left-hand turn onto Route 90.
There are two “go” signals at that intersection, Patrolman Dana Smith said.
When there’s a green arrow, the traffic turning left has right of way. When the signal is just a green light, as it was at about 2:05 p.m. Sunday, left-turning traffic is supposed to yield. Van Doysen didn’t yield, Smith said, and he collided with a Subaru driven by Christopher Setaro, 29, of Appleton.
Van Doysen’s truck, which was loaded with tools and construction materials, rolled onto its side after the impact, coming to rest across the hood of a Toyota sedan stopped at the red light on Route 90.
Debris from the pickup truck was widely scattered, raining down on nearby cars. At least five vehicles were damaged in the accident, said Smith. The GMC pickup and Subaru were total losses.
“It looked like a wicked mess,” said Smith, who added that the drivers were lucky their injuries weren’t more serious. “At least two cars caught a lot of shrapnel.”
Van Doysen, Setaro and a passenger of Setaro’s were taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, where they were treated and then released late Sunday afternoon, according to Smith.
Both drivers in the accident were summoned, Van Doysen, for operating without a license, and Setaro, for not wearing a seat belt, Smith said.
Route 90 was shut down briefly, but Smith said traffic was flowing again quickly.