Woman allegedly texting causes three-vehicle crash in Greenville

Posted April 14, 2011, at 2:27 p.m.
Last modified April 14, 2011, at 6:48 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — A 28-year-old Greenville woman who allegedly was texting behind the wheel caused a three-vehicle accident on Moosehead Lake Road at about 9:22 a.m. Wednesday.

Rachel McCabe slammed into the back of a tractor-tanker whose driver had stopped to make a turn, according to Greenville Police Chief Jeff Pomerleau. He said witnesses reported that McCabe was traveling at about 30-40 mph and never braked for the stopped vehicle.

He said the impact caused McCabe’s northbound Dodge Durango to spin out of control and strike a second vehicle before it came to rest on its side. McCabe was not wearing her seat belt when the accident occurred, Pomerleau said.

McCabe, who complained of pain, was taken by C.A. Dean ambulance to the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Her vehicle was demolished.

Dennis Farnham, 56, of Exeter, who was driving the tractor-tanker truck partially filled with gasoline and owned by Dysart’s, was not injured in the accident, according to Pomerleau. He said Farnham, who was wearing his seat belt, had stopped to turn onto Pritham Avenue when the accident occurred. He estimated damage to the tanker at $2,000 and said none of the gasoline escaped the vehicle.

McCabe’s vehicle subsequently collided with a 2002 Ford pickup truck operated by Robert McGee, 51, of Greenville, who was southbound on Moosehead Lake Road. McGee was wearing his seat belt and was not injured, Pomerleau said. Damage to his vehicle was estimated at $2,000.

No charges have been filed but the accident is under investigation, according to Pomerleau.

Greenville firefighters, the Department of Transportation and Greenville Public Works assisted police at the scene.

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