Four-car crash in Thomaston sends three to hospital
Thomaston — A four-car crash on Main Street/Route 1 sent three people to the hospital May 22.
Jerry Weiss, driver of the lead vehicle, said traffic was stopped for a school bus that was dropping off children after school. He said the two pickup trucks behind him had stopped as well, before they were forced like dominoes into one another when struck from behind by a tan Impala.
The crash took place around 3 p.m.
"Conditions were right for something like this," Weiss said. "The school bus stopped just the other side of the hill (heading north on Main Street), and traffic was increased from school just letting out."
Barbara A. Seiders, 46, of Thomaston, driver of the Impala thought she was applying the brakes, but they did not work, causing the chain-reaction, according to Thomaston Police Officer Michael Blais.
Weiss, 55, of Chester, Conn., and his passenger Lorraine Broom, 69, of Old Lyme, Conn., were not injured. His 2013 Subaru Outback sustained damage to the rear driver's side.
Seiders complained of neck pain. Her passenger, Diane Daniello, 69, of Rockland, broke her right wrist. Both were taken to Pen Bay Medical Center by Rockland and Thomaston ambulances, according to Thomaston Police Chief Kevin Haj.
Seiders' 2003 Impala was totaled in the crash.
Also transported to the hospital was Linda Mitchell, 65, of Rockland, whose black 2007 Ford F150 pickup was struck from behind. Her vehicle was forced into a white 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup driven by Jacob Gullotti, 24, of Spruce Head. Neither he nor passenger Jesse Grierson, 25, of Waldoboro were injured.
Traffic heading south on Route 1 was backed up to Buttermilk Lane for approximately 40 minutes. Main Street was closed from Pine Street to Lawrence Avenue for nearly an hour. Traffic was rerouted around Fish Street.
No charges have been filed.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
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