Two taken to hospital in Columbia Falls crash

Posted April 14, 2010, at 10:40 p.m.

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — Two people were sent to the hospital about noon Wednesday after a pickup truck rear-ended a sedan near the intersection of U.S. Routes 1 and 187.

The Pontiac Grand Am, operated by Julie Mitchell of Perry, was preparing to turn left into Elmer’s Country Store when it was struck from the rear by a GMC pickup driven by Seth Hatt, 39, of Harrington, according to Washington County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Timothy Tabbutt.

Mitchell’s sedan was spun around and pushed into the store’s driveway.

Both vehicles were heavily damaged, and Mitchell was trapped inside her car.

Jonesport, Addison and Columbia Falls fire departments went to the accident and used extrication tools to remove Mitchell. She was taken Down East Community Hospital with serious injures, according to Tabbutt.

A passenger in Mitchell’s car, Lindsay Moore, also of Perry, also was taken to DECH, complaining of back pain.

Hatt was uninjured but was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Deputy Keith York was assisted at the scene by Maine State Police Sgt. Jeff Ingemi, Tabbutt said.

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