FARMINGDALE, Maine — Dana Nealy and his fellow Farmingdale firefighters were enjoying a Sunday morning tradition when a three-car accident on Route 201 suddenly pressed them into duty.
Nealy and his colleagues had just finished their weekly Sunday breakfast shortly after 9 a.m. at the Hi-Hat Restaurant when a southbound Jeep Liberty allegedly crossed the centerline and struck a northbound sedan nearly head-on, the chief said Monday afternoon. The impact of the collision reportedly sent the northbound vehicle into a second southbound vehicle.
“There were probably six, eight of us standing in the parking lot of the restaurant and heard the crash,” said Nealy.
The fire chief said the driver of the Jeep, a woman whose name was not available, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
The other two drivers, both men, were taken to MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta for treatment, according to Nealy.
Route 201 was closed for about an hour while the scene was cleaned up, said Nealy, and Gardiner and Augusta rescue teams and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department assisted Farmingdale firefighters at the scene.