UPDATED: Two Jefferson drivers injured in Rockport head-on collision
ROCKPORT — A Friday, November 30, head-on collision along Route 17 in Rockport involving two drivers from the town of Jefferson resulted in injuries to both drivers.
According to Rockport police, Barry Dearborn, age 25, of Jefferson, was traveling east along Rockland Road (Rte 17), just after 4 p.m. when his tan 2014 Chevrolet Cruze crossed the center line.
Allen Schaeffer, age 47, of Jefferson, was driving west when he was suddenly forced to move his gray 2009 GMC pickup to the left to avoid Dearborn.
Dearborn then swerved back toward the Eastbound lane, striking Schaeffer head-on.
Personnel from Northeast Ambulance and Rockland Rescue transported both drivers to Pen Bay Medical Center.
No other people were involved in the incident, which remains under investigation by the Rockport Police Department.
Due to the crash, traffic was rerouted around the Route 17 intersection with Porter Street, near the Green Thumb.
Both vehicles were totaled.
ROCKPORT — As of 4:52 p.m., Route 17 in Rockport near the Green Thumb is reopen. Responders and law enforcement shut down that stretch due to a two-vehicle head-on crash.
At 4:10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, the Rockport Fire Department, North East Mobile Health Services, and Rockland EMS were called to the crash along the Rockland Road (Route 17). The crash occurred just east of the intersection of Route 17 and Porter Street.
Rockport firefighters quickly helped the North East crew pull two drivers from their respective pickup and sedan. Both drivers were transported to Pen Bay Medical Center, one by Rockland EMS, the other by North East ambulance crews.
One driver was unconscious when first responders arrived and was transported quickly to the hospital. The second driver was believed to have suffered a foot injury, and lacerations to hand and head.
The sedan, which was reportedly heading east, is believed to have crossed the center line, said Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley. The truck was heading west.
Firefighters set to work cleaning debris off of Route 17 while Camden Exxon loaded and hauled the two vehicles from the scene.
Rockport police are investigating the crash with the help of a Knox County Sheriff’s deputy.
Details will be updated as they become available.