ELLSWORTH, Maine — A medical problem was cited as a possible cause of a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon that sent two people to the hospital and caused traffic to be rerouted for about an hour.
The accident happened shortly after 4 p.m., when 67-year-old Christopher Taylor of Ellsworth failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Foster and Water streets, Ellsworth police Officer Christopher Smith said Tuesday night.
Taylor, who was traveling west on Foster Street, then struck a southbound 2005 GMC pickup driven by Emery Pratt, 45, of Pittsfield, Smith said.
Taylor, who appeared disoriented immediately after the accident, was taken to Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth for observation, Smith said.
Also taken to Maine Coast was James Braley, 59, of Pittsfield, owner of the 2005 pickup, Smith said. Braley, who was a passenger in the truck, appeared to have suffered a shoulder injury in the accident.
Both pickups had extensive damage, Smith said. Taylor’s truck was declared a total loss, while Braley’s truck had an estimated $10,000 in damage and another $4,000 to a car trailer it was towing.