DEDHAM, Maine — Driver inattention on the part of one of the drivers was cited as the likely cause of a three-vehicle crash Thursday that sent three people to the hospital.
The accident happened shortly after 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Route 1A and Pine Trail, according to Trooper Greg Mitchell of the Maine State Police.
Michelle Taylor, 47, of Dedham was stopped at the intersection waiting to make a turn from Route 1A onto Pine Trail when her 2000 Toyota van was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford Mustang driven by Micah Wall, 23, of Orono, Mitchell said.
The impact of that crash sent Taylor’s van into the path of an eastbound 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 55-year-old William Jackson of Lubec, Mitchell said, adding that Jackson’s truck also collided with Wall’s vehicle.
All three drivers were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where they were treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening, Mitchell said. He said Wall, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered a head injury. The two other drivers reportedly were wearing seat belts when the accident happened.
All three vehicles were demolished, he said. He said inattention on the part of Wall appeared to be a factor in the accident, which prompted the temporary closure of U.S. Route 1A. Alcohol and speed are not believed to have played a role.