March 29, 2020

Crash sends 3 from Fort Fairfield to hospital

PRESQUE ISLE — Three Fort Fairfield residents were treated Tuesday morning at The Aroostook Medical Center and released after suffering injuries in a three-car crash on Route 167 east of Presque Isle.

All three injured people, Wendell Monson, 56; his wife, Sandra Monson, 51; and their daughter Della Monson, 27, were in the same vehicle. Their injuries were minor. The Monsons were taken to TAMC by Crown Ambulance, which was assisted at the scene by members of the Presque Isle Fire Department.

The accident took place at 10 a.m., according to Sgt. John York of the Maine State Police. The accident involved five cars, but only three cars were damaged in the incident.

All vehicles were traveling east on Route 167 when they met a westbound Maine Department of Transportation snowplow on a curve. York said the snowplow driver may not even realize there was an accident at the scene.

The first driver in the line of five cars applied the brakes and slowed that vehicle. The second driver also applied the brakes, and the car struck a snowbank. Neither car was damaged.

The third vehicle, driven by Kenneth Peters, 53, of Fort Fairfield, went off the road and partially over a snowbank when he tried to stop. The fourth driver, Thomas Bubar, 45, of Fort Fairfield, was able to stop his vehicle diagonally across the roadway.

Wendell Monson, operating the fifth vehicle, a 1990 Chevrolet Lumina, was unable to stop. He struck Bubar’s vehicle and sent it off the road, striking Peters’ vehicle on the snowbank.

Monson’s vehicle had the most damage, about $3,500, said York. The trooper said Bubar’s 1992 Ford pickup had about $2,000 in damage, and Peters’ 1997 GMC pickup had about $800 in damage.

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