Four people were transported to LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus in Damariscotta with non-life-threatening injuries after a three-vehicle collision on Route 1 in Waldoboro the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The collision occurred near R/S Auto Works, at 2150 Atlantic Highway.
Route 1 was shut down for about 15 minutes as first responders moved two of the three vehicles out of the road, according to Waldoboro Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer. The third vehicle, a Ford sedan, ended up in the southbound ditch.
James Erskine, 76, of Jefferson, was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer north on Route 1 and attempting to make a left turn into R/S Auto Works, according to Officer Thomas Bartunek, of the Waldoboro Police Department. Jeffrey Lenfestey, 40, of Warren, was driving a 2016 Jeep SUV behind Erskine. Cheri Alexander, 54, of Boothbay, was driving a 2011 Ford sedan south.
Lenfestey was following Erskine too closely and rear-ended Erskine when he attempted to turn, according to the department. The impact forced the Erskine vehicle into the path of the Alexander vehicle.
Smeltzer said two ambulances from Waldoboro Emergency Medical Services and an ambulance from Warren transported the patients to the Damariscotta hospital.
The Warren Fire Department responded to a second call in Waldoboro, for a downed power line on a different portion of Route 1, while Waldoboro Fire was responding to the crash, according to Smeltzer.
Smeltzer said he was at Medomak Valley High School when the crash was reported and he came across the downed power line near RZR Ace Hardware, at 3533 Atlantic Highway, on his way to the crash scene.
Lincoln County Communications paged the Waldoboro Fire Department around 4:45 p.m. The scene was cleared around 5:30 p.m.