Two women seriously hurt in Patten crash

Posted Oct. 28, 2011, at 10:41 p.m.

PATTEN, Maine — Two women who were involved in a head-on crash Friday afternoon on Route 11 remained at Eastern Maine Medical Center late Friday night.

The names of both women — a 67-year-old Patten woman and a 20-year-old woman from Fort Kent — were being withheld Friday night, Sgt. Roy Peary of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said. He had no information about their medical conditions as of press time.

Peary said the accident happened about 3:30 p.m. on a section of Route 11 known locally as South Patten Road, near Box 331, when a Chevrolet Lumina driven by the Patten woman and a Mazda Protege driven by the Fort Kent woman collided head on.

Peary said the Patten woman was airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center by LifeFlight. The Fort Kent woman initially was taken to Millinocket Regional Hospital but she later was transfered to EMMC, he said.

Neither driver had a passenger at the time of the crash, he said.

The posted speed limit on the stretch of road is 50 mph. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash, though the cause remains under investigation by the Penobcot County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police, which is reconstructing the accident, Peary said.

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