One killed, three injured in Baileyville crash

Posted July 22, 2010, at 7:38 p.m.

BAILEYVILLE, Maine — An Indian Township woman was killed and three other people injured Thursday afternoon when two vehicles crashed head-on.

Jane Tinker, 62, the operator of one of the vehicles involved, died at Calais Regional Hospital after the accident.

The accident occurred on a straight stretch of Route 1 on a clear afternoon, Police Chief Shawn Donahue said, and its cause remains under investigation. He said, however, that speed and alcohol have been ruled out as factors.

Tinker was driving a 2004 Chrysler van and her passenger, Alfred Socoby, 77, also of Indian Township, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The second vehicle, a 2007 Buick sedan, was operated by Tamara Thomson, 16, of Waite. She and her passenger, her mother, Stacey Thomson, 46, also of Waite, also were taken to Calais Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Donahue said both vehicles were demolished. No one had to be extricated nor was anyone ejected in the crash. All occupants were wearing seat belts, he said.

Donahue said he was assisted at the scene of the accident by Officer Andrew Seavey, the Baileyville Fire Department, Downeast EMS and Calais Fire Department EMS.

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