April 26, 2018
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Three hurt in Hampden accident

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HAMPDEN, Maine — Three Hampden residents were injured Tuesday in a motor vehicle accident on Western Avenue that police believe may have been caused in part by the angle of the sun.

The crash happened about 5 p.m. at the intersection of Western Avenue and Patterson Road when an eastbound 2014 Ford Explorer driven by Karen Darling, 47, of Hampden struck a 2005 Ford F15 pickup driven by David Ryder, 55, also of Hampden, Hampden police Sgt. Chris Bailey said Tuesday night.

Ryder, who was heading west on Western Avenue, was in the process of turning onto Patterson Road when the collision occurred, Bailey said. The sun at that time was beginning to set and may have affected Ryder’s vision, he said.

Ryder was taken to a local hospital to be checked out, Bailey said. Darling and a girl who was riding in her vehicle both were treated at the scene. The sergeants said both vehicles had front-end damage.

The accident remains under investigation, Bailey said.

Correction: A previous version of this story erroneously reported that four people were injured in the accident.

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