TRENTON, Maine — Five people were injured a few minutes after midnight Thursday morning when two cars collided during a heavy downpour on Route 3, according to state police.
All of the people in the vehicles appeared to have been wearing seat belts and none suffered life-threatening injuries, Trooper Dan Ryan said.
The accident occurred at about 12:10 a.m. near the new Island Explorer maintenance and storage facility on Route 3, according to the trooper. A 2013 Hyundai driven by Doreen Russell, 54, of New Jersey was headed toward Bar Harbor in heavy rain when it encountered a 2013 Toyota driven by Theresa Norman, 41, of Jamaica heading in the opposite direction, Ryan said.
Ryan said that, according to Russell, the Toyota drifted across the centerline into the eastbound lane. The two cars collided head-on, he said.
“It was raining heavily at the time,” Ryan said. “Rain was affecting visibility.”
Russell was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, as was her passenger, Susan Holmberg, 59, whose hometown Ryan did not know. Russell subsequently was transferred from MCMH to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor because a power outage in Ellsworth caused by the overnight thunderstorm knocked some medical equipment at the Ellsworth hospital out of commission, Ryan said.
Norman and a passenger in her car, Donovan Martin, 26, of Massachusetts, were transported by ambulance to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, according to the trooper. A second passenger in Norman’s car, Patricia Lawrence, 26, whose hometown Ryan also did not know, was transported to the hospital in Ellsworth.
The vehicles were demolished in the collision. County Ambulance, Trenton Volunteer Fire Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and Trooper Miles Carpenter of Maine State Police assisted Ryan at the accident scene.