MONTICELLO, Maine — A string of multiple-vehicle accidents Sunday and Monday here and in Littleton kept Aroostook County sheriff’s deputies busy and sent several people to the hospital.
The first accident occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday near the north end of Hill Siding Road, according to information released Monday afternoon by Aroostook County Chief Deputy Sheriff Darrell Crandall.
Gary Cullins, 69, of Monticello was traveling north on Route 1 in his 2000 GMC pickup behind a plow truck. According to Crandall, decreased visibility from blowing snow at the time caused Cullins to drift across the center of the road where he was struck by a southbound 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer operated by Philip Beaupre, 59, of St. Leonard, New Brunswick.
Cullins’ truck left the road and became lodged in a snowbank.
Beaupre crossed the centerline of the road and struck a northbound 2005 Dodge Neon driven by Brianna Berry, 20, of Van Buren, pushing her car off the road and into a snowbank.
The tractor-trailer came to a stop in the snow along the treeline next to the road.
Berry was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital with serious injuries, Crandall said, and subsequently transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Her condition was unavailable Monday.
A passenger in Berry’s car, Ariel Rosado, 36, and her 3-month-old daughter were taken to Houlton Regional Hospital with what Crandall described as minor injuries. Beaupre also reportedly suffered minor injuries and went to the Houlton hospital.
The Dodge Neon and the tractor-trailer were declared total losses and Cullin’s GMC had about $5,000 in damage.
Around 10 a.m. Monday, sheriff’s deputies went to the scene of another multiple-vehicle accident in Monticello, Crandall said.
Gerrard Perron, 74, of Presque Isle was traveling south in the passing lane on Route 1 just south of the village in his 2002 Toyota Tundra. He lost control, however, while attempting to pass Murray Lawrence, 64, of Westfield, who was heading south in the far right lane in his 2012 Ford pickup. Perron’s truck struck Lawrence’s pickup, forcing the Ford into a snowbank next to the road, Crandall said.
Perron then slid into the oncoming lane and was struck by Nicole MaGuire, 38, of Monticello who was traveling north in a 2002 Ford Explorer.
Perron and his passenger Franke Robinson, 63, and MaGuire and her passenger Shantteal Jones, 25, all were taken to Houlton Regional Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Crandall.
Both the Tundra and Explorer were totaled while the Ford had minor damage.
Sheriff’s deputies were called out a third time just before 11:30 a.m. Monday when Arthur Fairbrother, 66, of Swanville, operating a 2007 Freightliner delivery van, became distracted while southbound on Route 1 in Littleton and hit a 2014 Daigle Oil Co. fuel truck traveling in the same direction, according to Crandall.
Tania Dionne, 31, of Fort Kent also was traveling south and swerved to avoid the accident and ended up in a snowbank.
No injuries were reported in the accident but the fuel truck, operated by Corey Austin, 44, of Houlton had about $10,000 in damage.
Fairbrother was issued a summons for failure to provide evidence of insurance, Crandall said.