This red 2007 Kia was involved in one of two rear-end accidents which occurred in a span of five minutes Dec. 13 on Route 1 near its intersection with Old Route 1. (Paula Roberts photo)
By Dominik Lobkowicz
A rear-end accident on Route 1 and a subsequent rear-end accident in the opposite lane occurring five minutes later in the same area, created a “substantial traffic issue” Dec. 6, according to Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde.
The initial accident occurred at around 4:37 p.m. when Donn Bowden, 53, of Waldoboro, was stopped in the southbound lane of Route 1 in a black 1998 Dodge pickup while he waited to turn left onto Old Route 1, Labombarde said.
Linda Hoffman, 62, of Boothbay Harbor, was also southbound in a red 2007 Kia and struck Bowden’s vehicle in the rear, Labombarde said.
Hoffman received “incapacitating” injuries to the her entire body, according to Labombarde. She was transported to LincolnHealth – Miles Campus where she was admitted and later released, according to spokesman Alan Crowell.
Hoffman was wearing her seat belt at the time of accident and the airbag deployed, Labombarde said. Bowden received no injuries, he said.
Five minutes later, at about 4:42 p.m., Kimberly Emerson, 30, of Newcastle, was northbound on Route 1 in a white 2004 GMC when she slowed down as she was passing the initial accident.
Hannah Collins, 23, of Nobleboro, was operating a white 2008 Chevrolet sedan northbound and failed to see Emerson’s vehicle slow before striking it in the rear, Labombarde said.
Collins was uninjured and Emerson had some pain, but neither were transported for treatment, Labombarde said.