An SUV rear-ended a box truck on Route 1 in Newcastle the morning of Monday, Oct. 28, mangling the Jeep but causing no serious injuries.
Jessica Tillson, 33, of Jefferson, was driving the green 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee north on Route 1, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kevin Dennison. Mitchell J. Jacobs, 39, of Brunswick, was driving an Itchy & Scratchy Insulation Inc. 1998 GMC C6500 box truck north on Route 1 in front of Tillson, attempting to make a left-hand turn into the Mike’s Place gas station.
Jessica Tillson rear-ended the box truck and the Jeep went underneath the steel bar on the back of the truck, crushing the Jeep’s front half, according to Dennison. She told police she was reaching for her coffee when she hit the truck.
There was only minor damage to the box truck, which was later driven away from the scene. Quick Turn Auto Repair & Towing removed the Jeep.
Jessica Tillson was taken to LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus in Damariscotta with neck pain, according to Dennison. Her passenger, Bruce Tillson, was also taken to Miles with minor injuries. Jacobs and his passenger were unhurt.
The Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service and the Newcastle Fire Department also responded.