HOLDEN, Maine — A man involved in a head-on collision Thursday between two cars on U.S. Route 1A in Holden remained in critical condition Friday at Eastern Maine Medical Center, police said.
Sgt. Eugene Fizell of the Holden Police Department said William Wright, 29, of Bangor, suffered severe injuries to the left side of his body during the collision, including multiple broken bones, for which he was undergoing surgery Friday.
Fizell said the way the cars collided and Wright’s height, just over 6 feet, as well as the small size of his Volkswagen Jetta all contributed to the severity of his injuries.
“If you can imagine two cars coming towards each other and you put them headlight to headlight — that’s what happened,” Fizell said, adding that the front end of the Jetta was essentially pushed into Wright’s lap during the accident.
According to Fizell, Wright’s injuries included a substantial number of broken bones: both ankles, his lower and upper leg bones, his left arm, his left collarbone, both hands, and ribs on his left side. An operation to place a rod in Wright’s broken femur was completed Thursday, and Fizell said he expected Wright to undergo several procedures to piece his shattered skeleton back together.
After speaking with the family in the other car, a black Ford Edge driven by Gary Seavy of Seal Harbor, Fizell was able to determine only that “something happened very quickly” to cause the accident. Along with the other passengers in the car — Seavy’s wife, Virginia, 39, and his daughter, Courtney, 17 — Seavy was able to give just a short description of what happened. Seavy remembered that he made a loud exclamation, and then a cloud of yellowish smoke filled the car as it spun around, according to Fizell.
The Seavys suffered minor bumps and bruises and were treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Six vehicles, three behind each car involved in the accident, reportedly did not stop to inform police about the collision. Fizell said the only way to know what caused the accident would be with information from these individuals.
“That will help us determine why and what happened in this accident,” Fizell said.
Those with information about the crash can reach the Holden Police Department at 843-5442.