June 21, 2018
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Fort Fairfield teen suffers life-threatening injuries in head-on crash


EASTON, Maine — A 19-year-old Fort Fairfield woman suffered life-threatening injuries late Sunday afternoon in a head-on crash on U.S. Route 1A.

A 2008 Toyota pickup driven by 67-year-old Barry Belyea of Portland was traveling north at about 4:25 p.m. when he partially crossed the centerline into the path of a 2004 Honda sedan operated by Abigail Ladner who was heading south, according to police.

The two vehicles collided head on at the intersection of Route 1A and the Lamoreau Road in Easton, Maine State Police Lt. John Cote said in a press release issued Monday morning.

Ladner sustained life threatening injuries and was flown by fixed wing from Presque Isle to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Cote reported. Late Monday morning, she was listed in critical condition, he said.

Belyea sustained minor injuries and a possible concussion from the crash. He was treated and released from The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle.

Members of the Easton Fire Department extricated the drivers who were pinned in their vehicles and Crown Ambulance personnel transported the injured.

It does not appear that alcohol or speed were a factor, according to Cote. Trooper Rob Flynn is investigating and working on reconstructing the accident.

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