April 06, 2020

Carmel man hurt in crash

HERMON — A Carmel man was sent to the hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered in an accident police blamed on poor road conditions.

Joseph Stalter, 34, of Carmel was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was treated, then released.

The accident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday on the Billings Road, according Deputy William Laughlin of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.

Sally Lindsey, 44, also of Carmel was traveling north when her tires caught on the shoulder of the road, where a buildup of ice remained after road crews removed snow, Laughlin said.

Lindsey temporarily lost control of her car, sending it skidding into Stalter’s southbound pickup. Laughlin said the front end of Lindsey’s car got caught in the pickup’s rear tires, causing the back wheels to disengage from the rest of the truck.

Both motorists, Laughlin said, were wearing seat belts when the crash occurred.

The accident delayed traffic on Billings Road until 3 p.m., Laughlin said. Though southbound vehicles were allowed to drive around the accident scene, all northbound traffic was rerouted during the hour it took police to clear the scene.

Laughlin said that the two-vehicle accident was one of four on the same stretch of road during his shift alone. Two vehicles went off the road Tuesday morning but were not damaged. A third vehicle was damaged, but the driver was not injured.

Laughlin estimated damage to Lindsey’s 1987 Buick at $1,500 and damage to Stalter’s 1988 Chevrolet pickup at between $1,500 and $2,000.

The deputy reminded motorists to use caution on roads, which remain iced up in spots.

Though the weather has been sunny, drivers should pay particular attention on stretches of road where trees prevent the sun from melting ice and snow.

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