Two women die, five people injured in minivan crash in Eddington

Penobscot Sheriff Deputy William Birch pulls debris from the ditch and piles it next to one of two vans that were involved in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Eddington on Thursday.
Penobscot Sheriff Deputy William Birch pulls debris from the ditch and piles it next to one of two vans that were involved in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Eddington on Thursday.
Posted Sept. 01, 2011, at 2:19 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 02, 2011, at 5:10 a.m.
Penobscot Sheriff Deputies, Maine State Police and the Eddington Fire Department responded to the crash.
Penobscot Sheriff Deputies, Maine State Police and the Eddington Fire Department responded to the crash.
The scene of the accident in Eddington.
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The scene of the accident in Eddington.

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EDDINGTON, Maine — A crash that involved two minivans Thursday afternoon left two women dead and sent five other people to the hospital, including a father and his three sons.

Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Troy Morton told the Bangor Daily News it appears one of the vans crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the other.

The two women who were killed were riding in a light-colored van that came to rest just off the road. A man in that vehicle was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with life-threatening injuries, according to Morton.

In the dark-gray van were a father and his three sons, all from Nova Scotia. They all were taken to the hospital with injuries that ranged from serious to life-threatening, Morton said.

Route 9 between the 800 block and Route 178 is closed until Maine State Police accident reconstruction teams investigate the scene. Those crews arrived around 3:30 p.m.

Emergency crews from Eddington, Holden and Brewer also went to the scene. Officers from several police departments and Department of Transportation workers have blocked off Route 9 and side streets. The road will remain closed for several hours, Morton said.

Route 9 was still closed at 6:30 p.m., but police were beginning to remove the vehicles and debris from the scene of the crash.

Morton said more information about the accident would be made public Friday morning.

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