BELFAST, Maine — Emergency officials had to use the Jaws of Life Tuesday to cut two people out of a totaled pickup truck, but the injuries in the Route 1 accident were not life-threatening, police said.
The collision happened before noon, police said, when a person driving a pickup truck stopped at the end of the Waldo Avenue southbound onramp to U.S. Route 1 in order to wait for a break in traffic.
But the driver of a maroon van who also was headed onto the onramp was paying more attention to the traffic in the coastal thoroughfare than the pickup truck right in front of him, according to Officer Eric Kelley of the Belfast Police Department.
“He drove right into the truck. He never hit the brake,” Kelley said of the van driver, who eyewitnesses said might have been driving 30 miles per hour or more on the approach to Route 1.
Police did not release the names of any of the people involved in the accident, which remains under investigation.
The collision wrecked the pickup truck and caused its doors to lock up, he said. The driver, who was from Northport, and the passenger did not appear to be badly injured. The driver of the van, a Belfast man who uses a wheelchair, suffered injuries from the air bag going off and also may have hit his head on the windshield, which had a spiderweb crack, Kelley said.
All three people were transported by Belfast Ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital to be evaluated and for treatment of their injuries, Kelley said. Members of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, the Belfast Fire Department and Belfast Ambulance all assisted at the scene.