FARMINGDALE, Maine — A three-vehicle accident on Route 201 sent four people to the hospital Tuesday, but the accident’s proximity to the Farmingdale Fire Department prompted a quick response.
Justin Nauman, 30, of Landisville, Pa., was headed northbound in his 2003 Volkswagen around 7:15 p.m. when he attempted to pass a vehicle in the southbound lane, according to a news release from Capt. Dan Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.
When Nauman attempted to pass the vehicle, which was attempting to make a left-hand turn, he collided head-on with a southbound GMC Envoy driven by Neil Tobey, 79, of Richmond, the release stated.
A third driver, Erica Kidle, 32, of Gardiner was also heading southbound but was unable to avoid the crash, although her vehicle rear-ended Tobey’s Envoy, according to Davies.
The vehicle that was attempting to turn was not hit.
Nauman and his passenger, Kristle Kraft, 21, of Lancaster, Pa., were taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with serious injuries, according to Davies, while Tobey and Klide were transported to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta with injuries that were not deemed life threatening.
The release stated that things could’ve been worse had the accident not occurred across the street from the town’s fire department.
“This afforded the first responders with the opportunity for an extremely quick response that may have contributed to saving the lives of the individuals involved with this incident,” Davies stated in the release.
The accident remains under investigation, and speed is being cited as a primary factor since Nauman was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to Davies.
The speed limit in that section of Route 201 is 35 mph.