UPDATE: Police identify victims of Saturday two-vehicle crash

Sun, 10/17/2021 - 1:00pm

    ROCKPORT 10/17/2021 — After notifying relatives of the two people who died as a result of a two-vehicle crash on Commercial Street in Rockport, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, Rockport Police have identified the names of the deceased and injured.

    Occupants of the white 2019 Subaru that was traveling South on Commercial Street were Karen Kohlhepp (operator), 59, of Belfast; Judy Johnson (passenger), 82, of Northport; and Janet Vera (passenger), 68, of Northport (deceased).

    The occupant of the black 2017 Volkswagen that was travelling North on Commercial Street was Calvin Elwell (operator), 35, of Rockland (deceased).

    ROCKPORT – Rockport Police are investigating a head-on collision that occurred near the intersection of Commercial Street (Route 1) and Pleasant streets in Rockport.

    The collision was reported to Knox County Regional Communications Center at 1:27 p.m., today, Oct. 16.

    The crash has claimed the lives of the operator of a north-bound vehicle and the rear passenger in a south-bound vehicle, according to Camden-Rockport Police Chief Randy Gagne.

    Two other passengers in the south bound vehicle were seriously injured.

    One is being treated at Penobscot Bay Medical Center the other has been transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

    The names of the deceased and injured victims are being withheld until proper notification has been made.

    Police continue to investigate the accident. A cause has not been determined at this time. Sgt. James Moore of the Rockport Police Department is leading the investigation. Rockport Police were assisted by Camden Police, Rockport Fire, Northeast Mobile Health, and Rockland Fire & EMS.

    ROCKPORT — Four people were transported to Pen Bay Medical Center, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, following a two-vehicle head-on collision. 

    Just prior to 1:23 p.m., Saturday, dispatchers at Knox Regional Communications Center were informed of the Route 1 crash at the intersection of Commercial Street (Route 1) and Pleasant Street. 

    Along with Rockport Fire, Rockport Police, and two North East ambulances, two Rockland EMS rigs and one Union ambulance responded to the scene.

    On the south side of the crash, which closed Route 1 for approximately an hour, traffic was diverted at West Street. 

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