Head-on collision in Lebanon shuts down busy highway

Posted June 05, 2013, at 9:55 a.m.

LEBANON, Maine — Five people escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon when a pickup truck and sport utility vehicle collided on a busy highway.

The accident occurred around 6:20 p.m. on Route 111, according to Lebanon Rescue Assistant Chief Jason Cole.

The SUV, driven by a 33-year old man from Rochester, N.H., was traveling east when it struck the pickup, which was occupied by a man and his wife, both age 30, and two boys, ages 11 and 2, Cole said, declining to release their names.

Cole said a mechanical failure caused the SUV to cross the center line and strike the pickup head-on. All five people involved in the crash were wearing seat belts while the children in the truck were secured in proper child restraints, Cole said.

The driver of the SUV was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital for treatment while the four people in the pickup were treated at the scene by Lebanon Rescue, according to Cole.

The highway was reduced to one lane for about an hour while crews cleaned up the scene, Cole said. Trooper Kyle Wells of the Maine State Police is investigating the accident.