May 24, 2018
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5 sent to hospital after head-on crash in Kennebec County

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BENTON, Maine — Five people were sent to hospitals Monday afternoon after a head-on collision in Kennebec County, according to police.

Benjamin Pederson, 31, of Burnham was traveling along Bellsqueeze Road when Carolyn Shade, 53, of Green Mountain, N.C., allegedly crossed the centerline and struck Pederson’s vehicle, according to Capt. Dan Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

Pederson did swerve his Toyota Prius in an attempt to avoid the collision, Davies said, but he struck Shade’s Chevrolet Cavalier when she tried to correct her direction.

Shade was trapped inside her vehicle and had to be extricated by rescue personnel. She was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment. Davies did not indicate the extent of her injuries.

Shade’s husband, Billy, 50, a passenger, was taken by ambulance to Inland Hospital in Waterville for treatment. Davies said his injuries were not life threatening.

Pederson and his two passengers, Jennifer Gustus, 27, and Joseph Gustus, 24, were taken by ambulance to Thayer Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The accident remains under investigation, Davies said. No charges have been filed pending the outcome of blood tests on both drivers.

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