Joggers injured in Brunswick when SUV crashes onto bike path

Posted Aug. 29, 2013, at 1:31 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Brunswick woman was taken to Mid Coast Hospital along with the driver of an SUV after the vehicle crashed through a guardrail and onto a bike path adjacent to Route 1 on Thursday morning. A second female jogger was injured but did not require treatment at the hospital.

The driver of a 2012 Toyota RAV4, Rodman Johnson, 70, of Brunswick, apparently suffered a medical problem and veered onto the grass off the right lane of Route 1 southbound near Cook’s Corner, Brunswick police Officer Justin Dolci said.

The SUV hit the guardrail and then a fence separating the highway from the bike path, causing the fence and a fencepost to strike two joggers.

“He rode the fence down maybe 50 feet and ended up finally resting on the guardrail,” Dolci said.

Both women complained of pain, but only one — Alane Callahan, 46, of Brunswick — was taken to Mid Coast Hospital with back pain. The other, Melissa Krebs, 50, of Lisbon, refused transport, according to Dolci.

Rodman suffered a large bruise on his arm, but was taken to the hospital mainly due to chest pain.

The SUV was towed, Dolci said. Traffic was reduced to one lane for about an hour, he said.

A second crash Thursday morning at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Woodside Road in Brunswick resulted in no injuries, although the two vehicles struck each other head-on.

Barbara Reilly, 65, of New Harbor, was traveling south on Woodside Road at approximately 8:45 a.m. when she failed to stop at a stop sign, Brunswick police Officer Patrick Mahar said. Her 2008 Chevrolet Impala was struck “basically head-on” by a 2006 Saturn Vue SUV driven by Kenneth S. Hayes, 49, of Brunswick.

Neither driver required hospitalization. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

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