SMYRNA, Maine — Low temperatures in parts of Aroostook County contributed to an accident that sent three teenagers to the hospital Thursday morning.
State police Sgt. Brian Harris said Thursday evening that the accident took place just after 8 a.m. on Route 2.
According to Harris, Anna McColligan, 18, of Crystal was northbound on the roadway when she encountered black ice and lost control of her 1995 GMC sport utility vehicle.
The SUV spun across the roadway and into the path of a southbound dump truck operated by George Will, 34, of Oakfield.
Will attempted to avoid the collision but was unable to and the two vehicles collided head-on, Harris said. The dump truck then veered off the side of the road, rolled onto its side and lost its cargo, which was a load of large boulders.
Harris said that McColligan and her two passengers, Kayli Farrar, 17, and Megan Long, 18, were taken to Houlton Regional Hospital. They suffered minor injuries and were treated and then released, the sergeant said. Will did not require medical treatment.
The dump truck, a 2003 Freightliner owned by A1 Groundworks of Oakfield, was damaged extensively in the accident. McColligan’s vehicle was totaled.
Trooper Gene Sutton investigated the crash and was assisted at the scene by Trooper Carmen Lilley. The Houlton and Island Falls Ambulance Departments and the Oakfield Fire Department also went to the scene of the accident.