Two injured in crash in front of Linneus restaurant

Posted Jan. 21, 2013, at 6:58 p.m.

LINNEUS, Maine — Two people were injured shortly after noon on Monday in a three-vehicle collision in front of a restaurant on Route 2A.

The crash happened at about 12:30 p.m. when Daniel Griffin, 80, of Hodgdon, who was headed north on Route 2A, pulled in front of an approaching vehicle as he tried to turn into Grammie’s Restaurant, according to a Maine State Police news release.

Curt Ring, 43, of Lincoln, who was headed south in his 2004 Dodge pickup could not avoid Griffin’s vehicle and struck it, Sgt. Brian Harris said in the release.

Griffin’s car then careened into the restaurant parking lot, striking an empty, parked 2006 Nissan car, Harris reported. The Nissan’s owner, Patrick Chamberland of Sherman, was inside the restaurant at the time.

Airbags were deployed in both Griffin’s and Ring’s vehicles, which sustained significant damage and were towed from the scene by York’s of Houlton, Harris said. The Nissan also was significantly damaged in the crash.

Griffin was brought to Houlton Regional Hospital by a private vehicle for a knee injury, while a passenger in Ring’s vehicle was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital by Houlton Ambulance and was treated and released, Harris reported.

Trooper Dennis Quint responded to the call and was assisted at the scene by personnel from Houlton Ambulance and the Linneus Fire Department.

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