May 27, 2018
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Four vehicles and one house damaged in Rockland crash

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — An “extensive” accident early Saturday morning left three people in the hospital, four vehicles damaged or demolished, and a house the worse for wear, according to the Rockland Police Department.

When Zachary Barnes, 17, of Thomaston, drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Broadway and Holmes Street in a 1995 Chevy pickup truck, a chain reaction began that led to assorted injuries and an estimated $43,000 in damage, Deputy Chief Wally Tower said Monday.

“Alcohol is believed to be a factor, and charges are pending,” Tower said. “Officers are telling me they’re amazed that the injuries were not more extensive.”

After crashing into a 2007 Nissan pickup truck driven by Jarred Roberts, 31, of Rockland, Barnes’ truck rolled over three times before coming to rest against a tree, Tower said.

Meanwhile, Roberts’ truck spun around on Holmes Street and struck a parked 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt owned by James Woods, who lives on that street. The Cobalt then pushed into a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck, also owned by Woods, Tower said.

“Roberts’ vehicle then struck the front steps and the corner of [Woods’] house,” Tower said. “This was an extensive accident.”

Barnes was taken with leg and knee injuries to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, was treated and released. His passenger, 15-year-old Alicia Johnston, of Thomaston, suffered facial, head, back and neck injuries, and was admitted to the hospital for observation. She later was transferred to another hospital, Tower said.

“Her injuries are not considered to be life-threatening,” he said. “In addition, she was not wearing a seat belt.”

Roberts was treated for head, back and neck pain and then released, Tower said.

Barnes’ pickup truck was considered a total loss, with estimated damage of $3,000. Roberts’ pickup truck, with damage of about $25,000, also was considered a total loss. The parked Cobalt had about $8,000 in damage, and the Chevrolet pickup truck had an estimated $4,000 in damage.

Woods’ home needed an estimated $1,000 in repairs after the accident.

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