BAR HARBOR, Maine — A North Carolina man has died after he and his car were struck by a box truck on Route 3, according to police.
Roger Beghtol, 79, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was standing next to a 2010 Buick Lacrosse that had stopped by the side of a section of the highway known as “The Bluffs,” which overlooks Frenchman Bay, when the accident occurred just after 1 p.m., the Bar Harbor Police Department indicated in a prepared statement released Tuesday night.
Beghtol and the Buick were struck by a 2007 Chevrolet registered to Installed Building Products of Hermon when the truck veered across the oncoming lane of traffic and then went off the side of the road as it was headed east toward downtown Bar Harbor, police indicated in the release. Beghtol, who had been driving the car before it stopped by the side of the road, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m., police said.
Sally Beghtol, 73, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was a passenger in the Buick and was still in the vehicle when the collision occurred. She was taken to the Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
The driver of the truck, Miguel A. Garcia, 41, of Bangor, also was taken to the local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police. A passenger in the truck, Aaron Bangs, 18, of Sorrento, was not injured.
The section of road where the accident occurred was closed for several hours. Traffic between downtown Bar Harbor and the local village of Hulls Cove was diverted onto Paradise Hill Road, which passes through Acadia National Park parallel to that section of Route 3.
Additional information about the accident, including why the truck went off the road and struck the stopped car, was unavailable Tuesday night. The motor vehicle crash remains under investigation, police said.
Officers with the Maine State Police commercial vehicle unit, Ellsworth Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Department assisted local officers at the scene. Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Fire Department, Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service and Mount Desert Police Department also provided assistance.