Thursday, 15 March 2018 16:38

Head on crash in Canaan sends three people to hospital Featured

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CANAAN - A head-on crash in Canaan that left both cars in pieces occurred Thursday morning and sent three people to the hospital.


It happened around 7:45 Thursday morning on Route 2 in Canaan near the intersection with Tropical Fish Road. First responders from the surrounding areas all responded to the crash.


Patrol investigator Eugene Cole with the Somerset County Sheriff's office said, "There was a two-car head-on three people injured taken to the hospital. Female driver with a male passenger and a male driver in the other vehicle."


According to a statement by Chief Deputy James Ross of Somerset County Sheriff Office, life flight responded and transported 33-year-old Tabitha Byler of Skowhegan to Eastern Maine Medical Center with serious, but nonlife-threatening injuries. An unidentified passenger in Byler's vehicle was transported to Redington Fairview with unknown injuries.


The operator of the second vehicle 28-year-old James Downey of East Haven Connecticut was also transported to the Skowhegan hospital with serious, but nonlife-threatening injuries.


"Female was traveling West and the male driver was traveling East," said Cole.


Ross states that the rescue workers used the jaws of life on both vehicles to gain access to the injured. Local fire department members assisted in shutting down the highway.


"It's under investigation. Maine state police came in with the mapping and used a drone and we have a reconstruction on scene" said Cole.


According to Ross by using the drone to map the scene, the highway was able to be reopened to traffic much quicker than in the past.


The crash remains under investigation.


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