Bee blamed for Hampden crash

Posted Sept. 27, 2011, at 10:47 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A bee that flew in through a window and startled a teenage driver was cited as the cause of a car crash Tuesday on Main Road North in which a late model Volkswagen Beetle, two mailboxes and a utility pole were damaged.

Though the driver’s name was not released, Hampden police Officer Marc Egan said the driver was a 17-year-old girl from Hampden. No charges are anticipated in connection with the crash, which occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m. near 202 Main Road North.

Further information about the teen’s condition was not available Tuesday night. Egan said her injures were not serious.

Egan said the teen was driving south when the bee flew in her car, causing her to swerve and drive off the roadway, hitting a mailbox, then a utility pole and then another mailbox before coming to a stop in a ditch.

Repair workers from FairPoint were called to the area to replace the pole. As a result of the accident, Hampden police diverted northbound traffic onto Coldbrook Road and held up southbound traffic until the Beetle was removed from the crash site.