Brake failure causes three-vehicle crash on Route 1 in Wiscasset

Posted July 22, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — The brakes of a Chevrolet Cavalier failed Monday afternoon on Main Street, triggering a three-car crash and adding to heavy traffic on a busy section of Route 1.

At about 3 p.m. Monday, an older model Cavalier driven by 81-year-old Ann Sparks of Wiscasset was headed east on Main Street when it struck a Kia sport utility vehicle that was stopped in traffic behind a recreational vehicle that had stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, Wiscasset Police Chief Troy Cline said in a release.

The impact caused the SUV to strike the rear of the RV, according to Cline.

Sparks and her passenger, a 9-year-old boy also from Wiscasset, were taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.

The driver of the Kia, 78-year-old Gordon Sundeen, and his passenger, 68-year-old Roberta Sundeen, both of Florida, also suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and were taken to Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta.

Neither the driver of the recreational vehicle, 59-year-old Mercedes Campillos Alonso of Spain, nor her passengers, Jose Ernesto Diaz-Noriega Viccalba, 69, and 17-year-old Juan Diaz-Noriega Campillos, both also of Spain, were injured.

Traffic on Main Street/Route 1 was reduced to one lane for about an hour, causing significant delays, Cline said.

According to Cline, an inspection of the Cavalier showed the driver’s side rear brake line was leaking, which police believe caused the crash.

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