April 27, 2018
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Waldo woman taken to hospital following two-car accident on Route 1 in Belfast

Abigail Curtis | BDN
Abigail Curtis | BDN
Police and emergency crews clean up after an accident on U.S. Route 1 that left one woman in the hospital and destroyed two vehicles.
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — One person was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon after two vehicles smashed into each other on U.S. Route 1.

Police said that Karen Hodgdon of Waldo, no age available, did not suffer life-threatening injuries in the accident, which happened shortly after 1 p.m. at the Tozier Road intersection. Early reports indicated that Hodgdon, who was traveling south on the coastal thoroughfare, had swerved to the right around a car that had stopped ahead of her, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

Hodgdon lost control of the vehicle, crossing Route 1 and colliding with a car headed north and driven by a California man, Cunningham said. The two cars were demolished in the crash, but Ed Gowens, no age or town given, suffered only slight injuries.

Hodgdon was taken to Waldo County General Hospital for treatment, police said.

Jacki Cassida said she witnessed the crash from her upstairs window, as Hodgdon’s silver sedan did a 360-degree turn in the road and hit Gowens’ small red rental car.

“The guy in the red car was very lucky,” she said, because Gowens walked away from the scene.


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