UPDATE: Two-vehicle accident closes Route 1 in Warren
WARREN — According to a press release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, just prior to 8 p.m., June 6, the Knox County Regional Communications Center received a call about a vehicle being operated erratically, traveling south on Route 1 from Thomaston. Knox County Sheriff’s deputies were responding to the call when shortly after, a call came in regarding a head-on crash in Warren, just prior to the south entrance of Sterling Road.
At that time it was believed the crash involved the vehicle concerning the complaint, said Chief Deputy Tim Carroll in the release.
The crash investigation is on-going at this time, awaiting an appropriate time to talk to the drivers who were both seriously injured and lifeflighted to a hospital in Portland. On June 8, Carroll said: “Knox County Sheriff's Office Deputies have not been able to talk with the operator's of the vehicles still.”
At this time, the Sheriff’s Office knows that a 2007 GMC truck, operated by Wyatt Weaver, 33, of Thomaston, lost control of his vehicle traveling south and crossed over the center line, striking a 2012 Volkswagen, traveling north and operated by Brianna Widdecombe, 21, of Cushing. Weaver’s vehicle was braking and sideways as it struck Widdecombe’s vehicle head-on with its passenger side.
Weaver and Widdecombe were both transported by ambulances to local hospitals where LifeFlight then transported them to a Portland hospital. A passenger, Caleb Bixby, 22, of Cushing, was transported to Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta with complaints of pain, and further information is not known at this time.
Both vehicles were totaled in the crash. It is believed speed and possibly alcohol were factors in the crash, according to the news release.
Warren Fire and Rescue, Waldoboro Ambulance, LifeFlight of Maine and Knox County Regional Communications Center assisted at the scene.
Deputy District Attorney Jeff Baroody was also called to the scene due to the seriousness of the crash and potential criminal charges. A reconstruction of the crash by Deputy Paul Spear of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office will be conducted.
A portion of Route 1 in Warren was closed for three and a half hours Wednesday evening while the Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two-vehicle accident.
Three people were involved in the accident, which occurred just before 8 p.m. on a stretch of Atlantic Highway north of Lie Nielsen Toolworks. Both vehicles came to a stop in the northbound lane, though tire marks on the pavement can be seen coming from the southbound lane.
At least two of the victims suffered serious injury.
The road reopened at 11:30 p.m.
More details will be added to this article as they become available.
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