COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — A two-vehicle collision Monday evening on Route 1 in Columbia Falls left three people involved hospitalized, two with serious injuries.
According to Maine State Police Trooper Reid Bond, a 1993 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Bruce Dawes, 44, of Harrington was headed eastbound when it crossed the centerline and struck a 2010 Subaru Impreza driven by Carrie Greaves, 49, of Cherryfield as she was headed westbound. A passenger in Greaves’ vehicle, Renita Grover, 54, of Milbridge, was among those injured.
Bond said Grover was transported to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, while Greaves was transported to Down East Community Hospital in Machias with injuries that were not life-threatening. Dawes also was taken by ambulance to the Machias hospital before being airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. First responders used the Jaws of Life to extricate all three from the two vehicles involved.
Grover was treated for her injuries and released from Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning. Condition reports on Greaves and Dawes were not available late Tuesday afternoon.
Bond said Dawes was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, which was reported at 7:18 p.m. The two women involved were wearing seat belts. Bond said it has yet to be determined if drugs or alcohol were involved. The accident remains under investigation.
The accident closed Route 1 for about three hours, with normal traffic being restored at approximately 10:30 p.m., Bond said.
Among those responding were firefighters from Addison, Columbia Falls and Harrington.