Bradford woman hurt in Hammond Street crash

Posted Sept. 24, 2010, at 7:56 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bradford woman was injured early Friday afternoon in a collision on Hammond Street that police attributed to driver inattention.

Stephanie Barriault, 26, who suffered head and leg injuries in the crash, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center. A hospital nursing supervisor said she was treated in the hospital’s Emergency Department and then released.

Barriault was driving on Hammond Street near the Interstate 95 overpass about 1 p.m. when she reportedly reached for an object on the floor of her car and drifted into the path of an oncoming pickup, Lt. Jeff Millard said Friday, citing an accident report.

The driver of the pickup, 44-year-old Thomas Applebee of Levant, was not injured, Millard said.

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Though Barriault’s Pontiac sedan did not hit Applebee’s Chevrolet pickup, it did collide with the dual-axle trailer Applebee was hauling, causing some of the construction debris he was hauling to spill onto the roadway.

In his accident report, Officer Al Woolley estimated damage to Barriault’s car at $10,000 and to Applebee’s construction trailer at $6,000.

Sgt. Ed Potter, who assisted at the accident scene, said that one of the front wheels of Barriault’s car got hooked between the axles of the construction trailer, ripping one of her car’s axles out and causing her car to make a 180-degree spin.

The accident blocked traffic on the affected section of Hammond Street for about an hour.

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