2-car accident on Auburn bridge injures 5

Capt. Chip Keene of the Auburn Fire Department cleans up the scene of a two-car accident on the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Auburn on Tuesday.
Daryn Slover | Sun Journal
Capt. Chip Keene of the Auburn Fire Department cleans up the scene of a two-car accident on the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Auburn on Tuesday.
Posted July 18, 2012, at 5:57 a.m.
Last modified July 19, 2012, at 4:03 p.m.
Barry Schmieks of the Auburn Police Department walks along the westbound lane of the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Tuesday.
Daryn Slover | Sun Journal
Barry Schmieks of the Auburn Police Department walks along the westbound lane of the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Tuesday.
Auburn firefighters put a child into a Turner Rescue ambulance at the scene of a two-car accident on the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Auburn on Tuesday.
Daryn Slover | Sun Journal
Auburn firefighters put a child into a Turner Rescue ambulance at the scene of a two-car accident on the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Auburn on Tuesday.

AUBURN, Maine — Three children and two adults were taken to local hospitals for treatment of injuries suffered in a two-car accident on Veterans Bridge just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Auburn police Lt. Anthony Harrington said the crash occurred at 2:45 p.m. when a 1995 Buick sedan driven by Helen Hammond, 90, of Auburn turned left into oncoming traffic on Veterans Bridge and hit a 2000 Chrysler sedan driven by Alisha Turner, 30, of Lewiston.

Harrington said both women and three children in Turner’s vehicle, ages 11, 6 and 5, were taken to area hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Hammond was eastbound on Veterans Bridge heading from Auburn into Lewiston, Harrington said, when she suddenly crossed or turned into the westbound lane just before the median. She hit the westbound vehicle driven by Turner, who was coming across the bridge from Lewiston.

The bridge was closed to traffic traveling from Lewiston to Auburn for about half an hour.

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