NORTHPORT, Maine — Rescue workers who went to a nearly head-on collision Saturday said the occupants of both vehicles were lucky to avoid serious injuries.
The drivers of the two vehicles, which collided at about 2:35 p.m. Saturday in front of Wentworth Family Grocery, complained of bumps and bruises. Both drivers and a passenger declined to be hospitalized, Northport Fire Chief Mike Alley said.
“They were lucky this wasn’t a lot worse,” said Alley, who added the stretch of road where the accident happened is relatively dangerous because of the speed of traffic and numerous turn-ins on both sides of the road.
Brandy Martin of Belfast, who was driving a Toyota RAV4, said she was following a truck and trailer that was loaded with furniture. The truck, which was traveling north on Route 1, was driven by Martin’s boyfriend, who was helping her move to Belfast.
Martin said the truck and trailer blocked her view of oncoming traffic. When she turned left to follow it, she collided with a Volkswagen Jetta driven by Emma Gelsinger of Northport.
Gelsinger, who slammed on her brakes, said she couldn’t stop in time. The two vehicles collided and came to rest in a ditch near the driveway of the grocery store.
“It was intense,” said Gelsinger, who had an ice pack on her wrist and was complaining of increasing pain. “I’m really lucky. All I remember is the air bag coming out. After the crash I thought there was smoke in the car, but it was just dust from the air bag.”
Gelsinger said she was giving her friend a ride to another friend’s house when the accident happened.
Martin said she was grateful that Gelsinger was able to slow down to the extent she did.
“I never saw the car,” she said.
Waldo County Deputy Ben Seekins said he expected no charges to result from the accident. Martin’s Toyota had about $5,000 in damage. The Volkswagen driven by Gelsinger was demolished.