June 22, 2018
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Traffic rerouted after three-vehicle crash Saturday night on Route 1A in Holden

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — An Orrington man driving on Main Road early Saturday evening crossed the center line and struck a car carrying a young family from Harrington head-on and then crashed head-on into a second car driven by an Ellsworth woman, police said.

The accident occurred about 5:10 p.m. near 462 Main Road. Traffic was rerouted onto Church Road for more than two hours.

All three vehicles involved were destroyed beyond repair, but no serious injuries were reported even though extrication equipment was needed, said Holden police Sgt. Eugene P. Fizell in a statement issued late Saturday.

Herbert Henderson, 74, of Orrington was heading west in a 1999 Mazda pick-up truck when he crossed the center line and hit a 2014 Kia Sorento driven by Joshua Strout, 24, of Harrington, who was traveling with his wife and two young children.

After striking the Sorento, Henderson’s Mazda continued on in the wrong lane — the Eastbound lane — and hit a 2013 Subaru Forester, operated by Mary Fitzpatrick, 69, of Ellsworth.

“Henderson was trapped in the driver’s seat of his truck and was extricated by Holden and Brewer Fire Departments,” Fizell said.

Henderson was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with complaint of pain. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.

“No one being seriously injured in the accident is a direct result of the seat belts and air bags,” Fizell said, adding alcohol and speed were not factors.

Holden police Officer Corey Fournier, with assistance from Fizell, is investigating the crash.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department assisted with traffic control and the initial on-scene investigation.

People who saw the collision are asked to contact the Holden Police Department at 843-5442.

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