HOLDEN, Maine — Two accidents that occurred several hours apart Tuesday sent two local women to the hospital for treatment of injuries and left three vehicles demolished.
The first accident, which occurred about 4:20 p.m., was attributed to poor visibility along a busy stretch of Main Road, also known as Route 1A, Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell said Wednesday.
The second crash occurred about 9 p.m.. when a motorist swerved to avoid a deer on Levenseller Road, Fizell said. That one left residents of the area without electricity and telephone service for nearly five hours.
According to Fizell, Ann Pelkey, 41, of Holden suffered chest and ankle injuries Tuesday afternoon when the Suzuki SUV she was driving on Main Road near the intersection of South Road when her vehicle was struck by a Mercury Sable driven by Brad Bemis, 32, of Levant.
Bemis, who was attempting to leave the business’s parking lot, did not see the SUV because it was obscured by a full-size pickup that was traveling in an adjacent lane to Bemis’s.
Fizell said that Holden fire and rescue personnel took Pelkey to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where she was treated and then released. Bemis was not hurt. Each driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and Pelkey’s airbags deployed, Fizell said. Both vehicles were demolished in the collision, which shut traffic down and then reduced it to one lane for roughly two hours during the busy evening commute.
The second accident happened when Kayla Ware, 18, of Holden swerved to the right to avoid a deer that ran into her path while she was driving west on Levenseller Road. The tires of the Ford Fusion sunk into the soft soil on the shoulder of the road, which pulled her car into a ditch and propelled it head-on into a utility pole.
The impact broke the pole, knocking down electrical and telephone wires. Bangor Hydro Electric Co. and Fairpoint Communication repair crews had services restored by about 1:30 a.m., Fizell said.
Ware, who suffered bumps and bruises, was taken to Eastern Maine Maine Medical Center, where she was treated and then released, the sergeant said. The teen was wearing a seat belt and her car’s side and front air bags deployed, preventing worse injury.
Deer are a common site along Levenseller Road and motorists should keep an eye out for them, Fizell said. Deer are drawn to the area by apples orchards that, while no longer active, continue to grow fruit.
Fizell said that Capital Ambulance personnel assisted with the rescues.