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

Posted Sept. 01, 2011, at 2:19 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 02, 2011, at 5:10 a.m.

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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.