April 04, 2020
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Three-car accident on Route 2 in Canaan blamed on driver inattention

CANAAN, Maine — A three-vehicle accident on Route 2 near the center of town Tuesday sent two people to the hospital and clogged traffic for nearly an hour, police said.

Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office said the crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in a construction zone.

Lancaster said Harold Field, 70, of St. Albans was traveling east when he failed to see a stopped motorcycle driven by Ronnie Gibbs, 62, of Wisconsin. Terry Gibbs, 55, was a passenger on the bike, the chief deputy said.

The impact pushed the motorcycle into the rear of a boat trailer which was being hauled behind a pickup operated by Natalie Marceau, 24, of Searsport, according to Lancaster.

Lancaster said the motorcycle was stopped in a line of traffic waiting for a flagger to give traffic the OK to move along, and that Field didn’t see the bike.

Ronnie and Terry Gibbs and Field suffered injuries not considered life-threatening and were taken by ambulance to Redington-Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan, Lancaster said, while Marceau was not injured.

The accident caused Route 2 to be shut down for about 45 minutes, Lancaster said. The motorcycle was totaled and Field’s Chevy Cavalier significantly damaged, while Marceau’s trailer and boat suffered minor damage.

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