Driver injured in Hampden crash

Posted April 14, 2010, at 11:47 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:02 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — An employee of the Charlotte White Center in Bangor was injured Wednesday when the van she was driving left Route 69 and crashed into a stand of trees.

After the accident, Rebekah Nickerson, 25, of Palmyra was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, where she was treated and then released, a hospital nursing supervisor confirmed Wednesday night. Hampden police Officer Ben Eyles said Nickerson’s injuries included a possible broken wrist.

Her passenger, a Hampden man who is a client of the center, which serves people with intellectual, behavioral and physical disabilities, was not injured, Eyles said Wednesday.

According to Eyles, the accident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. as Nickerson was driving the man, whose name was withheld, home.

The man, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, reportedly distracted Nickerson, causing her to lose control of the handicapped accessible 2000 Ford Econoline van, Eyles said.

The van left the roadway and struck several large trees. The back end of the van then swung around, causing the vehicle to become wedged between two trees and its front driver side tire to be ripped out.

Though the van’s doors were clear of trees, removing the van with a wrecker proved a difficult task, he said.

Elyes said that the driver and passenger both were wearing seat belts when the accident occurred. He said the van was destroyed.

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