Patten woman involved in head-on collision dies from injuries

Posted Nov. 01, 2011, at 5:19 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Patten woman involved in a head-on collision on Friday on Route 11 in Patten died Tuesday at a Bangor hospital, according to a Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department official.

Patricia Adams, 67, whose name initially had not been released by police, was one of two women who were seriously injured in the crash, which occurred about 3:30 p.m. on a section of Route 11 known locally as South Patten Road.

Adams was pronounced dead about 2 p.m. Tuesday at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where she was flown by LifeFlight air ambulance immediately after the crash, Sgt. Roy Peary of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Tuesday.

The other driver has been identified as Kristy Morneault, Peary said. Though she initially was reported to be from Fort Kent, Peary said Morneault is a Madawaska resident.

Morneault had been taken first to Millinocket Regional Hospital but later transferred to EMMC, Peary said. Information about her medical condition was not available Tuesday.

The drivers were alone in their vehicles and wearing seat belts, he said.

The posted speed limit on the stretch of road where the accident happened 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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