June 18, 2018
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Woman crashes into garbage truck while texting and driving, officials say

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A Bangor woman who allegedly was texting while driving Wednesday afternoon triggered a two-vehicle crash on Route 1 that sent two people to the hospital.

Jennifer G. Wright, 32, evidently was checking her messages behind the wheel about 4:10 p.m. and didn’t see a garbage truck that had stopped to make a turn into a business on the coastal thoroughfare, according to Belfast police reports.

“She ran right into the back of it,” said Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

Wright’s 2005 Toyota Avalon was essentially totaled, he said. It was unknown how much damage was done to the truck.

Wright and the truck driver both were taken to Waldo County General Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, he said. Wright’s condition was not immediately available Thursday.

Wright was issued a summons for texting while operating a motor vehicle, which comes with a $135 fine.

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