January 21, 2020

Whiteout blamed for 2-car collision that injures four

CARIBOU — Four people were hospitalized and two cars demolished in a two-car, head-on collision on Route 1 in Caribou Saturday morning.

Hospitalized at the Cary Medical Center in Caribou were Mona Hammack, 38, Caribou; Steven Lesuer Sr., 40; and Steven Lesuer Jr., 15, of Limestone, all for lacerations and neck and back injuries. Theresa Lesuer, 41, of Limestone was hospitalized at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle with leg fractures.

Trooper Ralph Graves said Hammack was heading south in her 1984 four-door sedan, following a Department of Transportation snowplow, at about 8:35 a.m. when she lost sight of the road in a whiteout. She drifted across the center line and crashed head-on into a 1987 four-door sedan driven by Theresa Lesuer, who was traveling north.

The accident happened in front of Funland, just south of Caribou on Route 1. Police said Hammack was the only person in the accident who was wearing a seat belt.

The Jaws of Life was used to extricate Theresa Lesuer from her vehicle.

Graves said Hammack’s vehicle sustained about $3,000 in damage and the Lesuer vehicle received about $5,000 in damage.

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