ROCKPORT — Two people were killed and two seriously injured the afternoon of Oct. 16 in a head-on crash on Route 1.

According to Rockport Police, the head-on collision occurred near the intersection of Commercial and Pleasant streets. The collision was reported to Knox County Regional Communications Center at 1:27 p.m.

The crash claimed the lives of Calvin Elwell, 35, of Rockland, driving a black Volkswagon northbound, and Janet Vera, 58, of Northport, the rear passenger in a southbound vehicle, according to Sgt. James C. Moore.

Two others in the southbound vehicle were seriously injured: Karen Kohlhepp, 59, of Belfast, who was operating the white 2019 Subaru, and passenger Judy Johnson, 82, of Northport.

One of the injured was treated at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport; the other was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

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


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