ELLSWORTH, Maine — Traffic was held up briefly Thursday morning after a car and pickup truck collided on High Street.
No one was hurt in the accident, but both vehicles needed to be towed from the scene. Traffic on High Street — usually a four-lane highway — was reduced to one lane each direction.
The accident was reported around 10:45 a.m., said Ellsworth police Officer Amie Torrey.
Torrey said Candace Adams, 46, of Dedham — driving an ’08 Hyundai Elantra — tried to make a left-hand turn out of the Irving gas station when she was struck by a ’99 Chevrolet Silverado being driven by Brysen Nixon, 26, of Ellsworth.
Torrey said Adams told her she didn’t see Nixon’s truck coming as she turned out of the parking lot and onto the busy street.
“There was another truck in the right lane, turning into Irving,” Torrey said. Adams “was paying attention to that and didn’t see the truck in the left lane. [Nixon] didn’t even hit his brakes because he didn’t have time.”
There was extensive damage to the front-left quarter of Adam’s car and the front end of Nixon’s truck. Torrey said both were leaking fluid, possibly from punctured radiators. Ellsworth Fire Department responded to clean up the spilled fluids.
Firefighters were able to push Adams’ car back into the Irving lot. Both vehicles were towed from the scene and the road was cleared by 11:30 a.m.
Torrey said both drivers had been wearing their seatbelts.
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