June 21, 2018
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Medical problem causes car accident, two suffer injuries


ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two people suffered minor injuries Monday in an accident on High Street at the Dean Street intersection.

Geoffrey Adams, 69, of Ellsworth was traveling north on High Street when he apparently had some type of medical problem, according to Officer Gil Jameson of the Ellsworth Police Department. Adams’ pickup truck crossed the oncoming lane, traveled onto the sidewalk and struck a granite post. The pickup struck a van driven by Jackie Burpee, 50, of Orland, which was stopped on Dean Street waiting to make a right-hand turn.

Adams’ pickup continued along the sidewalk, struck another post and then hit a patch of dirt in a vacant lot next to the Subway business on the corner.

Adams and Burpee complained of pain after the accident, Jameson said. They were taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth. Burpee was released late Monday afternoon, and according to Jameson, Adams was expected to be released later in the day.

Police estimated the damage to Adams’ 1996 Chevy pickup at $4,500 and to Burpee’s 2000 Ford van at $5,000. Both vehicles were considered total losses, Jameson said.

Jameson was assisted at the scene by Officer Paul Gamble, Sgt. Glenn Mosier and Officer Chad Wilmot, who will do a reconstruction of the accident.

Officers kept one lane of High Street blocked, and traffic was slowed on the street for more than an hour and a half while officers investigated the accident.

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