SUV flips onto roof at Brewer intersection

Posted Aug. 08, 2010, at 2:36 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — A Pennsylvania man traveling through town early Sunday on his way to Nova Scotia apparently was blinded by the sun and didn’t see the red light he ran or the car he hit, Brewer police Officer Jeff Gotreau said.

“They T-boned” at the intersection of North Main and State streets, he said. “The car heading out State Street ended up on its roof. His rear tire hit the [travel] island by Meineke [Car Care Center], which caused it to flip over.”

Air bags did deploy, and there were no serious injuries in the 6:45 a.m. collision, Gotreau said, adding that all three people were checked out by ambulance personnel.

“At that time, the sun is directly behind those lights” on Bridge Hill, he said.

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Pennsylvania driver David Howe, 58, and his wife, Beverly, 54, were traveling north on North Main Street in a GMC Envoy when their vehicle struck a Suzuki SUV driven by David Simmons, 53, of Bangor, who was traveling toward Wilson Street.

Gotreau estimated that Howe’s vehicle had up to $7,000 in damage, and Simmons’ vehicle had $15,000 in damage.

Correction: This story has been updated to correct the place of the accident from Whiting Hill to Bridge Hill.

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