Two crashes occur within hour at Rockport intersection

By Stephen Betts | Nov 21, 2019
Photo by: Rockport Police Department This was the first of two crashes within an hour Nov. 16 at the intersection of Routes 17 and 90 in Rockport.

Rockport — Rockport police responded to a pair of two-car crashes in less than an hour Saturday evening at a busy intersection.

The crashes occurred Nov. 16 after the Maine Department of Transportation changed the lights at the intersection of Routes 17 and 90 so that the traffic on Route 17 had flashing caution lights and Route 90 had red, according to Rockport Police Sgt. James Moore. The change was made because the eastbound light on Route 17 was not cycling property, he said.

The first crash was reported at 5:08 p.m.

A 2012 GMC Acadia operated by Janelle Tompkins, 38 years, of Oakland, was traveling east on Route 17. At the same time, a 2014 Volvo operated by Mark Eggena, 51, of Rockport, was driving on Route 90.

Eggena did not see the other vehicle approaching intersection and attempted to cross the intersection. His car crossed into the path of Tompkins' vehicle and was struck on the front passenger corner, according to the sergeant.

Passengers in both vehicles -- Yvonne Drown, 67, of Hope who was in Tompkins's vehicle and Graham Eggena, 11, of Rockport  -- had minor injuries and were treated and released.

The second crash was reported at 6 p.m.

A 2003 Ford pick-up truck operated by Bronia Fraser, 34, of Windsor, was heading east on Route 17. A 2012 Ford Escape operated by Keithley Stanley, 48, of Surry was driving on Route 90. Jennifer Stanley, 47, was the passenger in the Stanley vehicle.

The Stanley vehicle crossed into the path of the Fraser vehicle.

Keithley Stanley was treated and released for minor injuries.

Fraser was issued a summons for operating with an expired license, Moore said.

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