NEWBURGH, Maine — One of the area’s most highly traveled intersections was the site of a three-vehicle accident that sent three people to the hospital Friday afternoon.
The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, along with fire and rescue crews from Newburgh and Carmel, were called to the intersection of Routes 69 and 202-9 after a U-Haul truck operated by Julian Borter, 34, address unknown, heading eastbound on Route 69, ran the stop sign and collided with a green Ford F-250 pickup driven by Bonnie Bower, 45, of Thorndike, the sheriff’s office said.
Bower was traveling east on Route 202 toward Hampden.
A third truck, a Ford pickup driven by Brian Rooney, 35, of Stockton Springs, which was stopped at the stop sign on Route 69 facing west, was also struck in the collision.
Borter was transported by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, along with two passengers in Bower’s vehicle, Charles Correia and Paul Ouellette, ages unknown, of Thorndike.
Chief Deputy Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said the injuries were not life-threatening and that neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash.
“It appears that the U-Haul truck was unfamiliar with the area and ran this stop sign,” said Morton.
The U-Haul that Borter was driving was registered out of Maryland, but his residence was unknown, Morton said.
Borter and Rooney were both traveling alone, and Morton said it was unclear if the U-Haul was carrying any cargo.
The deputy added that there was extensive damage to all three vehicles.
The intersection of Routes 202-9 and 69 has been busy and problematic for years, particularly with the high traffic volume Routes 202 and 9 see between the Bangor area and central Maine.
“They’ve done a lot with warnings up on each side of the flashing lights, but it is definitely an intersection we’ve had problems with for years,” Morton said.
Correction: An early version of this story misidentified the driver of the third vehicle. He is Brian Rooney of Stockton Springs.