Cell phone use leads to collision in Alton

Posted Sept. 29, 2010, at 10:04 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:28 a.m.

ALTON, Maine — A 20-year-old Medford man was charged with failure to maintain control of his vehicle Wednesday afternoon after he crashed his car into the back of a dump truck.

Jeremy Hatch reportedly was looking at the touch screen of the new smart phone he had just purchased, said Maine State Police trooper Chris Hashey, who attributed the accident to driver inattention.

Though Hatch suffered cuts to his forehead and leg, he declined medical treatment, Hashey said.

The accident happened about 2:10 p.m. Wednesday on Route 16 when Hatch drove his Chevrolet Impala into the back of a northbound Sargent Corp. dump truck driven by Bernard Chase of New Hampshire, Hashey said.

Chase, who was slowing down to make a right turn into the company’s gravel pit, was not injured, Hashey said.

Hashey said both drivers were wearing their seat belts. He estimated damage to Hatch’s car at about $7,000. He said the dump truck had about $1,000 in damage.

The accident reduced traffic to one lane for about 45 minutes, Hashey said.