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Three hurt in separate interstate crashes

Kate Collins | BDN
Kate Collins | BDN
State police and emergency officials responded to a vehicle which veered off of Interstate 95 southbound near the Coldbrook Exit 180 late Friday morning, Sept. 30, 2011.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HAMPDEN, Maine — Three people were sent to the hospital Friday for treatment of injuries they suffered in separate but related accidents in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95.

The first accident happened at 11:15 a.m., just before the Coldbrook Road exit, Maine State Police Trooper Darren Vittum said.

Cindy Miller, 54, of Newburgh was driving her Chevrolet pickup when she experienced a medical problem, after which her truck drifted off the roadway, across a strip of grass and into a ledge wall, Vittum said.

Miller, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries from the crash, he said. She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she was treated and then released Friday, according to a nursing supervisor.

The second accident happened half an hour later while southbound traffic was reduced to one lane and was backed up about three-quarters of a mile because of the first accident, said Trooper Chris Hashey.

Hashey said that Galen Hopkins, 84, of Bangor was heading south in his Toyota sedan when he reached the traffic bottleneck and was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the rear of a Chevrolet pickup driven by William Smith, 19, of Cushing.

Hopkins and his 80-year-old wife, Pauline, both were taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor for treatment of minor injuries. Both were treated and then released, a nursing supervisor said.

Smith was not hurt, Hashey said.

Hashey said all three of the people involved in that crash were wearing seat belts.

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