Three hurt in crash on Route 9 in Wesley

Posted May 29, 2010, at 3:55 p.m.

WESLEY, Maine — Three people were injured Saturday afternoon when a tractor-trailer truck struck a passenger vehicle on Route 9 in Wesley.

Maine State Police Sgt. Michael Field said a westbound car operated by Michelle Surles, 35, had slowed to turn left into the Machias River Campground.

A tractor-trailer operated by Adam Pjanic, 50, of Hooksett, N.H., was traveling in the same direction and Pjanic believed Surles was turning right, Field said. Pjanic attempted to pass the car on the left and when it turned into his path, he struck it.

Surles, her husband, John Surles, 42, and their minor child were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment of injuries and later released, Field said.

The adults were taken by Milbridge and Cherryfield ambulances, and the child was flown by LifeFlight Air Ambulance.

Route 9 was closed only for a few minutes to allow the LifeFlight helicopter to pick up its patient, according to the Washington County Regional Communications Center.

The accident was handled by Trooper Staci Carpenter, who was assisted by the Wesley Fire Department.