Seat belts mitigate injuries in PI accident

Posted Aug. 16, 2010, at 10:27 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Two motorists escaped serious injury on Monday morning in a two-car crash at the intersection of Maysville Road and Connector Street.

Sgt. Joey Seeley of the Presque Isle Police Department said Monday that the crash happened just before 11 a.m.

According to Seeley, Kathleen White, 68, of Washburn was driving north on Main Street in a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.

At the same time, David Butler, 52, of Fort Fairfield was traveling east on Connector Road attempting to cross Main Street in his 1997 GMC pickup truck. He was hauling a 2005 utility trailer.

Seeley said White did not notice that her traffic light on Main Street turned red until she entered the intersection and could not stop. She struck the side of Butler’s vehicle.

Both operators, who were wearing seat belts, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. They were taken by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle.

Seeley said injuries would have been a lot worse if it were not for the use of seat belts.

Both vehicles had extensive damage and were towed from the accident scene.

Seeley is investigating the crash and received assistance from Stephanie Beaulieu of the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles and members of the Presque Isle Fire Department.