February 26, 2020

Head-on collision in Stonington leaves three people hospitalized

STONINGTON — Three island residents remained hospitalized Thursday after they were injured in a head-on collision in Stonington late Wednesday night.

Stonington Police Chief Charles Shaw said the accident that injured Patricia A. Eaton, 27; her husband, Jeffrey L. Eaton, 27, both of Stonington; and Timothy E. Elfstrom, , 27, of Deer Isle, occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on Route 15 between the Oceanville Road and Tea Hill.

Shaw said the details of the head-on collision were still unclear and the accident was still under investigation.

“We know that one car traveled across the center line and struck the other one,” he said.

Shaw was on the scene Thursday with Trooper Kelly Barbee of the Maine State Police, who took measurements in an attempt to reconstruct the accident. That information was still being evaluated Thursday night.

The accident trapped Elfstrom inside his car and rescue crews from the Deer Isle Fire Department had to use the Jaws of Life rescue tool to free him from the vehicle. Deer Isle Fire Chief Richard Haskell said it took rescuers about a half hour to remove the door from the car and to cut the driver’s seat free.

Shaw praised the efforts of the rescue crews.

“Without the Jaws of Life, it would have taken us two hours to get him free,” Haskell said. “Having them really paid off.”

Elfstrom received multiple injuries in the accident. He was transported to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth and then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was still receiving treatment Thursday night and a report on his condition was not available.

Patricia Eaton received injuries to the face and head. She was taken first to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and then transferred to EMMC. She was listed in serious condition late Thursday afternoon.

Jeffrey Eaton was transported to BMHM with back injuries. He was listed in stable condition late Thursday afternoon.

Patricia Eaton was driving a 1981 Chevy Monte Carlo and Elfstrom was the operator of a 1986 Mazda, Shaw said. Both cars were destroyed in the accident.

Firefighters from Deer Isle and Stongington responded to the accident, as did crews from Memorial Ambulance Corps and the Peninsula Ambulance Corps. Dr. Tony Garland of the Island Medical Center also helped to treat the victims at the scene.

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