Three hurt in Trenton accident

Posted Feb. 16, 2011, at 2:55 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 16, 2011, at 8:21 p.m.

TRENTON, Maine — A Hancock man is facing a charge of failure to maintain control of his vehicle after the car he was driving struck another on Route 3 Monday night while he allegedly was using his cell phone, according to police.

Joseph Espling, 25, was driving a 2005 Saturn sedan north on the highway past the Trenton IGA supermarket when the car crossed the centerline of the highway, Hancock County Deputy Sheriff Rob Morang said Tuesday night. The Saturn collided head-on with a southbound 1999 Chrysler van driven by Justin Hibberts, 22, of Bar Harbor, Morang said.

There were no life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident, according to the deputy, though Espling may have suffered a broken arm. Espling, Hibberts and Ali Hoy, 20, of Bangor, who was a passenger in Hibberts’ vehicle, all were taken by County Ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth where they were treated for their injuries, he said.

All three were wearing seat belts and airbags in both vehicles deployed in the collision, he said.

A Trenton firefighter who slipped and fell at the accident scene also was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Morang said.

Both vehicles were demolished in the accident, he said.

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