Collision at Waterville oil change facility totals two vehicles, sends technician to hospital

Waterville police and fire officials investigate an accident at an oil-change facility on Kennedy Memorial Drive on Tuesday morning.
Waterville Police Department
Waterville police and fire officials investigate an accident at an oil-change facility on Kennedy Memorial Drive on Tuesday morning.
Posted July 08, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Two vehicles were totaled and a man was injured Tuesday morning in an accident at Prompto, an oil change facility, on Kennedy Memorial Drive, police said.

The sequence of events began when Cheryl Collins, 63, of Stow was waiting in line for an oil change shortly after 11 a.m. when her foot slipped off her brake pedal and onto the gas, according to Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.

Two of the three bays in the oil-change facility were occupied by vehicles at the time of the accident, Rumsey said, and Collins had been waiting behind a pickup truck.

Collins’ foot slipping off the brake and onto the gas sent her flying through the open bay door and into the back of the pickup, Rumsey said, and the impact sent her careening off the truck and into an unoccupied Subaru parked in the middle bay.

The deputy chief said Collins, who was not injured, continued in between the two vehicles and struck a support in between the bays before continuing out the exit.

In the aftermath, a technician working on the pickup, Jesse McGuahey, 37, of Pittsfield was struck in the head by part of the vehicle as he was working underneath it, Rumsey said. He was not seriously injured and was transported to Inland Hospital by ambulance.

Two men in the pickup truck, Nicholas Shuckrow, 20, and his 47-year old father Lee, both of Winslow, were also unhurt. Rumsey said Collins’ Oldsmobile was demolished.

The building received serious damage, and no charges are expected to be filed.

 

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