Accident sends 4 to the hospital

Posted Jan. 27, 2010, at 11:30 p.m.

BROOKS, Maine — Police said Wednesday that driver inattention was the reason for a morning car accident that resulted in four passengers — including a pregnant woman — being taken to the hospital.

According to Trooper Luke Cunningham of the Maine State Police, Holly Brown, 32, of Brooks was driving on Payson Road at 8:20 a.m. with passenger Amber Ayer, 10, of Brooks.

Meanwhile, Andrea Preble, 42, of Jackson was driving a 2001 Dodge Neon on Route 7 with passengers Ashley Jacobs, 10, Grace Jacobs, 4, and Caden Munroe, 3, all of Jackson.

Brown’s 2007 Chevy Cobalt approached the intersection with Route 7, but she “didn’t see Andrea coming,” Cunningham said. “She pulled out in front of her and they collided.”

Brown later told Cunningham there had been a vision obscurement at the end of Payson Road.

No serious injuries occurred, Cunningham said, but because Preble is seven months pregnant, emergency crews decided she should be taken to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast for observation.

Ashley Jacobs suffered some air bag “irritation,” according to the trooper, and Brown and Amber Ayer went to the hospital, because they were shaken up after the accident.

Both cars had major damage, which Cunningham estimated at $10,000.

There were no charges, and Cunningham said the accident is not under investigation.

The Arthur Jewell Ambulance Service from Brooks and Belfast Ambulance assisted at the accident scene.

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