PALMYRA — A two-car collision early Friday morning that ultimately involved two more cars and sent four people to the hospital with injuries left one deputy scratching his head over the chain of events.
Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Rourke said the initial collision took place before 7 a.m. on Route 152 in Palmyra just north of the intersection with Route 2, known as Ell Hill.
Rebecca Mason, 22, of St. Albans, was traveling south, driving a 1988 Chevrolet, when she lost control in the icy road conditions. When Mason’s car slid sideways, it was struck head on by a 1988 Ford pickup driven by Lawrence Knowles, 31, of Norridgewock. Rourke said icy conditions made the collision unavoidable for both drivers. The collision caused the vehicles to spin around in the roadway.
A passer-by heading south, Ella Buker, 44, of Hartland, stopped to check on the drivers’ well-being. She parked her 1995 Pontiac on the roadside to the west of the collision.
A fourth vehicle, a 1986 Chevrolet driven by Daniel Copp, 20, of Farmington, was traveling north toward the collision when he too, was hampered by the icy road conditions and could not stop. Copp’s car struck Knowles’ pickup, “careened off it,” Rourke said, struck Buker’s parked car and went “airborne” over the embankment.
Four of the people involved, two of whom were passengers, were taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield. Mason was treated for a leg injury and released. Knowles was admitted with facial and back injuries. Brian Emery, 20, and Paul Goodridge, age unknown, both passengers in Copp’s car, were also treated and released. Buker and Copp were not injured.
Both Hartland-St. Albans and Sebasticook Valley ambulances responded. Knowles’ and Mason’s vehicles were destroyed in the accident, according to Rourke, while Copp’s car sustained about $3,000 in damage and Buker’s car about $800. According to Rourke’s report, only Mason was using a seat belt at the time of the accident.