Vehicle bursts into flames after being struck three times in Raymond crash

Steven Hazen, 62, of Boston, was driving this Ford sedan east on Route 302 near Hawthorne Road in Raymond when it was rear-ended as he slowed to turn into a driveway Friday. The crash led to two other vehicles being involved, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department said. Hazen was hospitalized in Portland with serious injuries.
Steven Hazen, 62, of Boston, was driving this Ford sedan east on Route 302 near Hawthorne Road in Raymond when it was rear-ended as he slowed to turn into a driveway Friday. The crash led to two other vehicles being involved, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department said. Hazen was hospitalized in Portland with serious injuries.
By The Sun Journal, Special to the BDN
Posted Sept. 17, 2011, at 4:27 p.m.

RAYMOND, Maine — Several people were injured Friday afternoon when four vehicles collided on Route 302 in a crash that caused one car to burst into flames.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s investigators said Steven Hazen, 62, of Boston, was driving his Ford sedan east on Route 302 near Hawthorne Road when it was rear-ended as he slowed to turn into a driveway.

Police said the vehicle that struck Hazen’s car was a Chevrolet pickup driven by 50-year-old Robert Boyle, of Windham, who was driving for Coca-Cola.

The crash forced Hazen’s car into the oncoming lane where it was struck head-on by another Chevy pickup driven by Brian Clark, 55, of Naples. Clark’s truck skidded off the road and into the woods, police said.

Hazen’s car was knocked back into the eastbound lane where it was struck by a third vehicle, a Toyota SUV driven by Ellen Deluca, 61, of Casco.

Police said Hazen’s car burst into flames after coming to rest in the westbound lane. Emergency workers took Hazen to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was being treated Friday night for leg and head injuries, police said.

Clark was taken to the same hospital with possible head and neck injuries. The injuries were described as being not life-threatening.

Hazen’s car was consumed by fire, police said, and was considered a total loss. The other vehicles sustained extensive damage. The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash with the assistance of Maine State Police.

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