Wayward cell phone blamed in three-car accident

Posted:  Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:15am
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WARREN – Two people complained of pain, and were transported to area hospitals, Friday, Sept. 21, after a driver reaching for a cell phone drove into two other vehicles.

Just after noon, Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash on Rt. 90 (Camden Road) near Tolman Road in Warren.

Samanda Truesdale, 38, of North Berwick, who was operating a 2002 Volkswagen sedan, westbound, reported to law enforcement that her cell phone slid into the passenger seat of her vehicle as she was driving, according to a KCSO news release. When she reached for it, she moved into the oncoming eastbound lane.

Truesdale first struck a 2008 Honda van operated by Robin Miller-Robinson, 59, of Warren, and then struck Carolyn Williams, 30, of Waldoboro, head-on. Williams was operating a 2011 Buick SUV.

Truesdale and Williams were transported to a hospital with complaint of pain and cuts and bruises. Miller-Robinson was uninjured.

The three children in Williams vehicle were properly secured in safety seats, and also were uninjured, but transported to a hospital for precautionary measures.

Truesdale was summonsed for Failing to Maintain Control of her vehicle, according to the release.

Warren Fire and Rescue, Northeast Ambulance, Rockport Police, and Knox County Dispatch assisted with the scene.