May 22, 2018
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No cause obvious in head-on collision that hospitalized 2 in West Bath

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

WEST BATH, Maine — Two people were hospitalized Tuesday morning after a head-on collision on Old Brunswick Road.

Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry said a preliminary investigation showed that a 1999 Saab driven by Karen Jones, 46, of Bath was traveling east when it crossed into the oncoming lane at about 9:37 a.m. and collided head-on with a 1997 Ford Ranger driven by Karlheinz Skelton of Bowdoinham, whose 45th birthday was Tuesday. Merry said it was unclear what caused the Saab to cross the centerline near 248 Old Brunswick Road, but that neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors.

“Witnesses following the Saab observed it cross the centerline prior to the collision,” said Merry. “It remains unclear as to the exact cause at this time.”

Merry said Jones, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with serious head injuries. Skelton, who was wearing his seatbelt, was taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick with injuries not considered life-threatening. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles.

Traffic along Old Bath Road was rerouted for about five hours while rescue workers cleaned up the scene and investigated the accident. Merry said Tuesday afternoon that the accident is being investigated by Sagadahoc County Sgt. Dale Hamilton, the Bath Police Department and the Maine State Police.

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