FREEPORT, Maine — Three people were sent to the hospital and one was arrested by police on charges of operating under the influence after a crash in Freeport on Thursday afternoon, according to police.
Susan Muniak, 45, of Freeport was heading northbound on Route 136 in her Mercury Sable when she failed to negotiate a curve and struck a Toyota driven by Wayne Ross, 56, of Cumberland, with Margaret Smith, 53, also of Cumberland, in the passenger seat, according to Freeport police Sgt. John Perrino.
“She drove straight instead of making the turn,” said Perrino.
Ross’ vehicle was damaged so severely that rescue personnel had to cut the roof off to free him, Perrino said.
Ross was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland by LifeFlight for chest and arm injuries, while Smith was taken by ambulance to the same facility for head injuries, the sergeant said.
Muniak suffered minor injuries and was taken to Parkview Hospital in Brunswick and released. Upon her release, she was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, aggravated reckless conduct and elevated aggravated assault, according to Perrino.
It is unknown whether Muniak had drugs or alcohol in her system, pending toxicology tests, Perrino said. She remained at the Cumberland County Jail on Friday.
Both vehicles were totaled in the crash and Route 136 was shut down from the Route 125 intersection to Curtis Road for nearly five hours, Perrino said.
All three drivers were lucky, the sergeant said.
“If you saw the pictures of the vehicles, you’d say, ‘How did somebody survive that?’” Perrino said.
Brunswick police were called to perform a reconstruction. Smith and Ross remained at Maine Medical Center on Friday, and Perrino said Ross was able to talk to police Friday morning.