LEBANON, Maine — State Police have released the identities of those involved in Thursday’s four-vehicle accident, in which seven people were taken to the hospital.
One of the drivers in the crash, located in front of Trains Quick Stop, was a teenager who was working on getting his driver’s license.
State Trooper Jon Heimbach said the accident on Carl Broggi Highway Thursday morning occurred after an eastbound Honda Del Sol, driven by Andrew Gerrish, 22, of Lebanon, stopped to make a left turn into Trains Quick Stop. The Chrysler Pacifica behind him, driven by a 16-year-old who had a learner’s permit, collided with the rear of the Honda and then went into the opposite lane of travel, he said.
A total of six people were inside the Chrysler at the time of the collision, including five minors and 34-year-old Kelly Rabideau, of Lebanon. The driver, as well as three other the minors — ages 7, 11, and 13 — were sent to Frisbie Memorial Hospital, according to Rescue Chief Samantha Cole. Rabideau, and another 16-year-old boy, were evaluated at the scene but did not require transport to a hospital, said Cole.
As the Chrysler went into the westbound lane after the collision with the Honda, it collided with a westbound commercial pickup truck, which was hauling a trailer. The driver of the pickup truck, Jason Menter, 43, of Waterboro, was uninjured, said Cole.
Heimbach said that the collision between the pickup truck and the Chrysler was not a head-on collision; the Chrysler sustained significant damage, he said, and the pickup truck had damage in the front corner of the vehicle.
After the pickup truck collided with the Chrysler, a motorcycle, which was traveling behind the pickup truck, was unable to stop in time. The operator of the motorcycle, Joseph Clappison, 54, of Saco, realizing he wouldn’t be able to stop, laid the motorcycle down so that it went into a controlled slide, said Heimbach.
Both Joseph Clappison and his wife, Cathryn Clappison, 49, of Saco, a passenger on the motorcycle, were transported to Goodall Hospital, according to Cole.
Heimbach said that Joseph and Cathryn Clappison suffered the most serious injuries in the four-vehicle collision — Joseph Clappison had reported pain in his ribs, and Cathryn Clappison is believed to have a broken arm. Both were wearing helmets, according to Cole.
Gerrish, the driver of the Honda, was transported to Goodall Hospital after the collision.
Heimbach said that the pickup truck was owned by Pike Industries and was driven to the company after the accident to be checked.
The investigation behind the incident is complete, said Heimbach.