Crash snarls traffic on Route 17 in Rockport
Rockport — There were minor injuries sustained by one driver involved in a May 15 near head-on crash between a small sport utility vehicle and a dump truck on Route 17.
John Monroe of Hope said he was was heading east on Route 17 in his dump truck when the driver of a late-model Hyundai Santa Fe pulled into the breakdown lane and attempted to make a U-turn just before noon.
“It was pretty scary - I'm still shaking - she pulled out right in front of me,” Monroe said at the scene.”I was about three car lengths behind her and she pulled over to the breakdown lane and tried to make a U-turn in front of me. I pulled into the other lane to try to get around her but I couldn't do it in time.”
Neither Monroe nor his passenger, Ethan Monroe of Hope, were injured in the crash, but the driver of the SUV, Susan Murphy of Tenants Harbor, was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center by North East Mobile Health Services with unspecified, non-life threatening injuries.
With only a few hours passed since battling an early morning structure fire, members of Rockport Fire Department responded to the scene for clean-up and traffic control.
There were no charges filed in the crash.
A portion of Route 17 at the intersection of Rockville Street was narrowed to one lane of traffic for about 30 minutes.
Occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Monroe estimated his speed at the time of the crash was between 45 and 50 mph.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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