Police say charges likely against driver in Rockland head-on crash

By Stephen Betts | Aug 28, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts Emergency crews respond Monday, Aug. 27, to a head-on crash on Route 1 in Rockland.

Rockland — Police say the driver of a car that caused a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon, Aug. 27, including a head-on one on Route 1 in Rockland, is likely to be charged.

Tanna Halvorsen, 34, of Littleton, N.H., was taken by ambulance to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and then flown by a LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to Rockland Police Sgt. Andrew Redden.

Halvorsen was listed Tuesday, Aug. 28, in stable condition, according to the sergeant.

Police had received a report shortly before the crash of an erratic vehicle, according to the officer. Halvorsen was driving north on Route 1 in a four-door Volkswagen sedan and stopped in the middle of Route 1 at the intersection of Pleasant Street.

A Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Jason Bailey, 43, of Warren, attempted a left turn from Pleasant Street onto Route 1 to head toward Thomaston.

As he drove onto Route 1, Halvorsen accelerated from a stop and struck the pickup truck on its side.

She then continued driving north on Route 1 until she collided head-on with a small sports utility vehicle occupied by Ruth Woodward, 50, and James Woodward, 49, of Vermont.

Ruth Woodward and Bailey were taken to PBMC by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Both vehicles in the head-on crash were destroyed.

Route 1 was closed at the site -- by the entrances to E.L. Spear and the Salvation Army -- for about an hour following the crash, which occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Thomaston police and emergency medical services, as well as North East Mobile Health Services, responded along with Rockland police and emergency medical services.

Crews also placed absorbent material on the road by the head-on crash to collect fuel and vehicle fluids that covered the road.

Redden said the case remains under investigation, but charges are likely against Halvorsen.

(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
Comments (7)
Posted by: Josef Berger | Aug 28, 2018 21:10

I pray for those innocents that that person has insurance! What a nightmare!

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Aug 28, 2018 17:09

Sometimes I have to wait in my driveway for an extended period of time for traffic to pass but that doesn't warrant a traffic light. Two things that would help is a little patience and some courtesy. A couple of weeks ago I had a State Representative pass me on the right at the intersection of Park and Main. I slowed for the yellow, as I was taught many years ago, and the politician sped by on the right to get through the light as it turned red. I guess having that blue plate allows one to be a scofflaw. However it will cost her my vote.

Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Aug 28, 2018 15:39

Any local people know that going into Rockland via Rt one is always going to be a problem. There are other alternate ways to get to town and get out with not much difficulty especially when the tourists are not familiar with the roads and do exactly this kind of thing. It is a small inconvenience !

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Aug 28, 2018 13:33

Looking forward to the update. Hit the truck and then continued 1/8 mile before crossing the center line and hitting someone head on. There appears to be more to this story than the traffic pattern.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Aug 28, 2018 12:20

Kathryn, the accident was not because of Pleasant Street. I do agree that it is tough sometimes getting out onto road one. I go the long way, up Park, Rte one. Easier sometimes.

Posted by: Amy Files | Aug 28, 2018 09:26

Turning left from Pleasant onto Rt 1 at this year is both difficult and dangerous -- there are so few breaks in traffic that occur in both directions at the same time that drivers are forced to take risks (or sit there for 10 minutes). But taking a left from Broadway onto Rt 1 isn't a viable alternative because of the way the lanes and lights are set-up -- only 1 or 2 vehicles can take a left during one light cycle so many people choose the Pleasant Street route during busy times of day. Something should be done to better facilitate traffic turning left onto Rt1 at these intersections.

Posted by: Kathryn Fogg | Aug 27, 2018 21:12

Is it time for a light there or other restrictions?  It is difficult  to cross or get onto Rt 1 from Pleasant. Perhaps a 3rd lane to ease traffic in?

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