PATTEN, Maine — Questions about a new state law forced investigators to withhold the names of two women hospitalized at Eastern Maine Medical Center who were involved in a head-on collision Friday on Route 11, they said Saturday.
The new state law, said Deputy Sheriff Patricia McLaughlin of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, might force police to withhold names of accident victim. Their conditions were thus not available Saturday.
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, sheriffs have said.
A LifeFlight helicopter flew the Patten woman to Eastern Maine Medical Center. The Fort Kent woman initially was taken to Millinocket Regional Hospital but she later was transferred to EMMC, sheriffs said.
Neither driver had a passenger at the time of the crash.
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 Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police, which is reconstructing the accident.