May 23, 2018
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Ellsworth funeral home struck in 2-car collision

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN
A bystander watches as police and firefighters respond to a crash Friday afternoon in Ellsworth. Two cars collided downtown at the intersection of Franklin and Pine streets, sending one of the cars careening into the front of Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home.
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — There was minimal harm to the drivers and to a building after two cars collided at a local intersection Friday afternoon, sending one vehicle into the wall of a nearby funeral home.

The accident occurred around 3:50 p.m. as Caroline Bull, 17, of Surry was driving a 2008 Toyota north on Franklin Street, Ellsworth police Officer Rick Roberts said.

Bull failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection and T-boned a 2012 Nissan that was headed west on Pine Street, according to Roberts.

The force of the collision caused the Toyota to veer off the road, across a lawn and into the corner of Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, Roberts said.

“There was minimal damage to the building,” he said.

Air bags deployed in both cars and both drivers were wearing seat belts, the officer said.

The driver of the Nissan, John Szwec, 35, of Ellsworth suffered abrasions from the air bag but otherwise was unhurt.

Bull told police she was uninjured but was taken by County Ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth as a precautionary measure, Roberts added.

No charges are expected to be filed in connection with the accident, he said.

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