Three-vehicle crash in Standish spills lumber, hospitalizes three

Posted June 16, 2014, at 5:34 p.m.

STANDISH, Maine — Three people were taken to the hospital Monday after a three-vehicle crash in Standish forced the closure of a section of Route 25 for nearly six hours, according to police.

At about 9 a.m. Monday, a van driven by 51-year-old Edmund Seeley of Lewiston was stopped in the westbound lane of Route 25 — in the vicinity of Standish Tire — preparing to turn left into a parking lot when the incident occurred, according to an afternoon news release by Lt. Donald Foss of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Matthew Wight, 30, of Westbrook, driving a Hammond Lumber Co. delivery truck, “was temporarily distracted,” did not see Seeley’s vehicle stopped and struck it from behind, Foss said. The van was forced into the eastbound lane and into the path of an oncoming Ford pickup truck driven by 59-year-old Clayton Barker of Standish, the lieutenant said.

The truck rolled onto its passenger side and spilled its load of lumber, while Seeley’s van and Barker’s truck both careened off the road and rolled over after their collision, Foss said.

Seeley and a passenger in his vehicle, 54-year-old Richard Shaw of Auburn, were taken to Maine Medical Center with what Foss described as serious injuries.

Barker was taken to Mercy Hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, Foss added, and Wight suffered from cuts and bruises but did not need to be taken to a hospital.

The Maine State Police and emergency responders from Standish, Gorham, Buxton and Hollis joined sheriff’s office personnel at the scene. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection sent a cleanup crew to respond to a spill of diesel fuel from the lumber truck, according to Foss.

The crash remains under investigation, but the lieutenant noted that alcohol and drugs weren’t considered a factor in the incident.

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