HOLDEN, Maine — A Carmel man was taken to the hospital Thursday after his sport utility vehicle was rear-ended by a large utility pickup on U.S. Route 1A.
Brent Hewes, 40, was released from Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after being treated for neck and head pain, Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell said Thursday night.
Fizell said the accident happened about 5:30 p.m. near the intersection with South Road after Hewes pulled over into the breakdown lane to look at some paperwork. As Hewes was doing so, the rear quarter panel of his Volvo XC90 was struck from behind by a 2005 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck registered to Roof Systems of Maine and driven by Donald Miller, 26, of Eddington.
Hewes had taken his seat belt off while examining his paperwork and impact from the crash threw him into the passenger side of the vehicle with what Fizell described as a “severe jarring effect.”
Fizell said it appeared that driver inattention on Miller’s part was a factor in the crash. He said the roofers were returning from working on Mount Desert Island and had spent more than an hour stuck in traffic resulting from a serious accident on Route 3.
Neither Miller nor his co-worker, 51-year-old John Tracey of Bangor, were injured, Fizell said, adding that both men were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Fizell estimated damage to both vehicles at $7,000.
He said he was assisted at the accident scene by Holden fire and rescue personnel and Capital Ambulance.