May 24, 2020

Three traffic accidents keep Caribou police busy

CARIBOU – The Police Department spent a chunk of Saturday afternoon dealing with three motor vehicle accidents that took place within a few hours of one another.

Caribou police Officer Keith Ouellette said the first accident happened at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Fort Street.

According to Ouellette, Stewart Cousins, 70, of Caribou was headed north on U.S. Route 1 in a 1995 Dodge truck when he failed to stop for a traffic light.

Cousins struck a 2003 Chevy minivan driven by Fred Butler, 63, who was headed north on Fort Street. One of Butler’s three passengers, a 21-year-old woman, was taken to Cary Medical Center to be treated for leg injuries.

Cousins was accompanied by one passenger. Neither of them was injured.

It was not known whether any of the people involved were wearing seat belts. Both vehicles were demolished.

Officer John DeVeau is investigating the incident.

In the second accident, Nason Kelley, 29, was headed along East Presque Isle Road into Caribou with his passenger, Jennifer Kelley, 24, when he failed to negotiate a curve with his 1995 Ford Ranger, according to Ouellette.

The vehicle rolled over. No one was injured.

It is not known whether the two were wearing seat belts.

Ouellette cited unsafe speed for road conditions as contributing to the accident.

The third accident took place on West Presque Isle Road.

According to Ouellette, Donya Hersey, 34, lost control of her Ford car and veered off the road into a mailbox. She and her two juvenile passengers were wearing seat belts and were not injured.

The car had approximately $400 in damage.

Unsafe speed for road conditions was a factor in that accident, according to the officer.


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