Three hospitalized after head-on collision in Columbia Falls

Posted Feb. 10, 2012, at 11:14 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 10, 2012, at 11:33 a.m.

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — Three people are hospitalized Friday at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after a head-on collision Thursday evening on the Centerville Road north of Columbia Falls.

The accident was reported at 6:42 p.m. after a northbound 2006 Chevrolet pickup driven by Andrew Slicer, 38, of Columbia Falls was struck head-on by a 2000 Oldsmobile car driven by Corey Worcester, 22, of Columbia Falls. A preliminary investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department indicates that Worcester’s vehicle crossed the center line, but Sgt. Rich Rolfe said the accident remains under investigation.

Rolfe said Worcester sustained internal injuries and had to be stabilized at the scene while being extricated from the wreckage of his car by the Jaws of Life, a process that Rolfe said took at least 30 minutes. Worcester was taken by ambulance to the Downeast Community Hospital in Machias and later airlifted by LifeFlight helicopter to Bangor for further treatment.

A passenger in Slicer’s vehicle, Michelle Potter, 32, of Columbia Falls, sustained a broken leg requiring surgery. After being transported to Downeast Community Hospital, she was taken to Bangor by ground ambulance, as was Slicer. Rolfe said the extent of Slicer’s injuries was unknown. A spokesperson at EMMC said Friday that Slicer was in fair condition. No information was available on either Worcester or Potter.

Rolfe said it appears that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

Assisting at the accident scene were the Addison, Cherryfield and Harrington volunteer fire departments. Also assisting were ambulance crews from Milbridge, Cherryfield and Columbia.

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