Infant, woman taken to hospital after SUV-truck crash in Hampden

Posted Feb. 03, 2013, at 7:05 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A Sunday afternoon crash sent a woman and an infant to Eastern Maine Medical Center with what appeared to be minor injuries, according to a Hampden Police Department patrolman.

Police and paramedics were called to Route 202 in Hampden around 3:25 p.m. after a Kia SUV driven by Karen Collins turned onto 202 from Main Trail, pulling into the path of a Nissan pickup driven by Joshua LaPierre, according to Officer Shawn Devine. Devine said he did not have the ages of the drivers or their hometowns available.

The 3- or 4-month-old infant was in a backward-facing car seat in the front passenger seat of LaPierre’s truck because the cab in the back of the truck wasn’t large enough to hold the car seat, according to Devine. The airbag deployed, but did not damage the car seat.

It is legal to place a car seat in the front seat of a vehicle if the back seat isn’t large enough, according to Devine.

The officer said LaPierre told emergency responders that he reached out to shield the car seat with his arm just before striking Collins’ vehicle.

Devine said he believed the infant was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

Devine said he didn’t know how fast LaPierre’s vehicle was traveling at the time of the crash, but there was no indication that the truck was speeding.

The airbags in Collins’ Kia also deployed, but Devine said he wasn’t sure what injuries she suffered from the accident. Collins told responders that she didn’t see the oncoming truck before pulling out in front of it, according to Devine.

No charges have been filed in connection with the crash, Devine said, adding that he still plans on speaking with both drivers on Monday to find out more about the cause.

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