An 18-wheeler crashed into a Toyota Tacoma pickup at the intersection of Routes 1A and 46 on Wednesday morning, Nov. 21, 2018. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki

An 18-wheeler ran a red light Wednesday morning in Holden and collided with a pickup truck passing through a busy intersection, leaving two people in the hospital with severe injuries and a utility pole destroyed, according to Holden police.

The 18-wheeler was headed east on Route 1A shortly before 8:30 Wednesday morning when it ran the red light at the intersection of Routes 1A and 46, said Chief Chris Greeley of the Holden police. The truck crashed into a Toyota Tacoma pickup that was headed south on Route 46 and passing through the intersection with Route 1A.

Charlie Erving, 59, of Augusta, who was driving the 18-wheeler, accidentally ran the red light because of the blinding sun, Greeley said. The Toyota’s driver and passenger were taken to a Bangor hospital, Greeley said. He did not have their names.

“The sun may have gotten into his eye, and that may have impeded his ability to see things clearly,” Greeley said of Erving. “He tried to brake but was unable to do so.”

Greeley said lanes were still closed on 1A as of midafternoon Wednesday as crews from Emera Maine repaired the utility pole.

The collision wasn’t the only accident on Route 1A in Holden on Wednesday, according to Greeley.

Holden police on Wednesday afternoon were trying to track down a vehicle in Brewer following a hit-and-run accident that did not result in serious injuries. Another minor crash on Route 1 did not result in serious injuries either, Greeley said.