May 26, 2018
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Franklin woman hospitalized after Route 1 collision

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

HANCOCK, Maine — A Franklin woman injured Wednesday afternoon in a vehicle collision on Route 1 remains in a hospital in Bangor, police said Thursday.

Hurt in the accident, in which one pickup truck broadsided another near Tideway Market, was Kimberly DeBeck, 44, according to Hancock County Deputy Sheriff Luke Gross. Gross said DeBeck was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with possible head and spinal injuries.

DeBeck was still at EMMC on Thursday, Gross said, but he did not know what kind of condition she was in. An EMMC spokeswoman said Thursday that she had no information about DeBeck.

The accident occurred around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday when Kyle Chandler, 23, of Franklin, attempted to drive a 1994 Toyota pickup truck across the highway from Viking Lumber to Tideway Market, Gross said.

The Toyota was struck on it passenger side by a 2011 GMC pickup truck before it could get across Route 1, the deputy said. DeBeck was sitting in the passenger seat of the Toyota when the collision occurred.

Neither Chandler nor the driver of the GMC, Richard Smullen, 64, of Hancock, was injured in the accident, according to Gross. Both vehicles were demolished in the wreck.

An airbag on the GMC deployed when it struck the Toyota, which did not have any airbags in it, Gross said. He said police have no reason to believe all three people were not wearing seat belts.

“That is still part of the investigation,” the deputy said.

Deputy Jeff McFarland is reconstructing the accident. County Ambulance, Hancock Volunteer Fire Department and Maine State Police each assisted at the scene. Gross said traffic on Route 1 was restricted to one lane for about an hour while response personnel tended to the passengers and then removed debris from the roadway.

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