June 20, 2018
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Hermon head-on collision shuts down Route 2; Bradley man taken to hospital

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — Traffic on Route 2 came to a standstill for about 40 minutes Saturday after two pickups collided head-on shortly after noon, sending one man to the hospital.

Jamison Stoddard, 36, of Bradley was driving a Ford F-150 pickup when he attempted to turn right into Central Maine Harley-Davidson around 12:15 p.m. Stoddard took the turn too wide and crossed the centerline into the path of a 2001 Chevrolet pickup driven by Russell Patten, 66, of Hermon, according to Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Estes.

“It appears [Stoddard] had a medical issue going on,” Estes said.

Stoddard was taken to a local hospital with possible neck injuries, according to Estes. Stoddard was not wearing a seat belt, the deputy said.

Patten complained of minor leg injuries after the crash, Estes said, but was treated at the scene and released by ambulance personnel.

The pickups, both of which had front-end damage, came to rest in the roadway after the crash, forcing police to shut down both lanes of Route 2.

The accident was cleared, and traffic was flowing again by 1 p.m.

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