State Police say eight people from other states were injured Sunday in two crashes, one of the Maine Turnpike and a second on Route 202 in Lebanon.
Six Massachusetts residents were injured Sunday morning in a two car crash on the Maine Turnpike in Ogunquit. Troopers said one of the cars stopped suddenly in the roadway due to engine failure and a second car slammed into it, State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said. All three northbound lanes were blocked in the 7:45 a.m. crash and northbound traffic was slowed to a crawl for two hours, as only the breakdown lane could be used.
The driver of the car which stopped in the road was 33-yea-old Abner Vasquez-Ardon of Chelsea, Mass. His passengers were two children and another man. The driver of the second car was 53-year-old Carrie Pitts of Lexington, Mass. Pitts’ passenger was a 17 year old. All were taken to hospitals in Portland, York and Portsmouth N.H., and all are expected to recover, McCausland said.
In Lebanon, two teenagers were injured when a pickup truck lost control on Route 202 just after 11 a.m. Troopers said the 2011 Toyota Tacoma crossed the centerline and struck two vehicles in the opposite lane. The truck then collided with a parked vehicle in a driveway, went through a wooded area and came to rest in a yard.
The driver of the pick-up was 18-year-old Robert Rapino of Lynnfield, Mass. He was transported to Goodall Hospital in Sanford for head injuries. His passenger, 17-year-old Scott Fryou of Rochester, N.H.. had serious head injuries and was flown by the LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center. Neither teen was wearing his seat belt. The occupants of the two other vehicles were treated at the scene and released. The cause continues to be investigated and Route 202 in Lebanon from Depot Road to Center Road was closed for four hours as Troopers investigated the crash.