PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Presque Isle Police Department was kept busy Saturday afternoon when two separate vehicle crashes occurred within an hour of each other. The second crash left two people injured.
The first crash took place just before 11:20 a.m. on Centerline Road.
Presque Isle police Sgt. Joey Seeley said Sunday that Matthew Keizer, 39, of Concord, Mass., was driving a snowmobile east on a trail in the city at the time of the crash. Keizer was attempting to cross the roadway as Richard Nichols, 67, of Fort Fairfield, was traveling south on Centerline Road.
Seeley said high snowbanks prevented the two men from seeing each other. As Keizer went to cross the roadway, he slammed into the side of Nichols’ vehicle.
Keizer’s Yamaha snowmobile had approximately $1,200 in damage and could be driven from the scene. Seeley said Keizer was wearing a helmet and was not injured.
Nichols’ Chevrolet four-door had nearly $4,000 in damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. Nichols was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured. Seeley said that vehicle also could be driven from the scene.
Seeley investigated the crash. No charges were expected, he said.
Police also received a call for assistance at a crash scene at 12:06 p.m. Saturday after a two-vehicle crash in front of Buck’s Market on Industrial Street.
Alicia Beaulier, 40, of Mapleton, was driving northeast on Industrial Street and attempting to turn left into the parking lot at Buck’s Market at the time of the accident.
At the same time, Christie Corey, 41, of Presque Isle, was traveling southwest on Industrial Street.
Seeley said Beaulier turned in front of Corey’s 2004 Chevrolet four-door vehicle and the two collided.
Beaulier’s 2002 Jeep SUV was struck broadside.
Beaulier, who was wearing a seat belt, had two passengers in her vehicle. Terri Mcintosh, 37, of Castle Hill was wearing a seat belt. She suffered injuries that weren’t life threatening and was taken to The Aroostook Medical Center by private vehicle.
A 9-year-old boy in the vehicle also was wearing a seat belt. Seeley said the boy was taken by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center with injuries that weren’t life threatening.
Beaulier was not injured.
Corey, who was wearing a seat belt, was uninjured. Her passenger, 34-year-old Eric Corey, also was wearing a seat belt and escaped injury. A 12-year-old Presque Isle girl also riding in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.
The Chevrolet four-door they were riding in had extensive front-end damage and is considered a total loss.
Seeley investigated the crash with assistance from Presque Isle police Officer Larry Fickett.
Two off-duty members of the Presque Isle Fire Department, Tony Robichaud and Matthew Lajoie, assisted at the scene.