HOLDEN, Maine — The second of two accidents resulting in totaled vehicles in a 12-minute span sent two children to a local hospital, but resulted in no injuries Sunday afternoon.
Sheila Littlefield, 43, of Holden had slowed and stopped her 1999 Chrysler sedan on Route 1A to turn into the Holden Elementary School entrance around 3:51 p.m. Sunday.
Bangor resident Jordan Coffey, 20, was driving in the same direction behind Littlefield in a 2001 Toyota Corolla, but failed to notice that she had stopped to make a left turn.
“He realized at the last minute that her brake lights were on and couldn’t stop in time,” said Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell. “His braking made his car dip down a bit up front and it went under hers, slightly lifting her car and pushing it forward.”
Littlefield had not yet turned her car’s wheels to turn left. The Chrysler’s wheels were still pointed straight, which wound up being a fortunate twist of fate for her and her two children, who were passengers in the car.
“She was saved by that from a major accident because the Toyota pushed it forward and not left into the path of oncoming traffic,” said Fizell.
Both air bags deployed in the Toyota, but not in the Chrysler. Fizell also credited seat belts for helping save the drivers and passengers from injury.
Fizell said both children, ages 14 and 7, were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor for observation, but later released.
Littlefield was able to pull her car to the side of the road in a ditch, but the Toyota was stuck in the turning lane.
Coffey had two passengers: Andrew Vicnair, 20 of Dedham and Dillon Snow, 16, of Hampden. No one was injured in the accident.
Holden and Brewer firefighters responded to the accident, but no fires resulted from the crash. Capital Ambulance transported the two children to the hospital.
No citations were issued.