A crash on Route 1A in Holden involving four vehicles sent two people to the hospital Friday morning, one with serious injuries, according to Holden Police Chief Chris Greeley.
Brian Cartwright, 57, from Veazie was driving eastbound on Route 1A when his vehicle crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer driven by Paul Mitchell, 31, of Hancock. Mitchell was waiting to turn into a business when Cartwright’s vehicle crashed into him and bounced off the rear end of his truck.
The impact of the crash made Cartwright’s vehicle recoil and crash into the van of Daniel Carter, 29, of Bucksport, which was queued behind Cartwright, Greeley said.
Cartwright’s vehicle then careened into the oncoming traffic lane from the impact of the second crash, and he collided head-on with the westbound car of Logan Lawson, 28, of Bucksport.
Lawson’s car went off the road and was totaled. Cartwright’s car was also damaged beyond repair after the three crashes.
An ambulance took Lawson and Cartwright to the hospital. Cartwright suffered serious injuries, and Lawson said she was in pain, according to Greeley.
Holden police are investigating the crash, but Greeley believes road ice was not a factor.
The road was shut down for about 40 minutes following the 7:40 a.m. crash, and was back to normal within two hours.
There were three other car crashes reported in Holden while police dealt with the four-vehicle crash, and Greeley said local police could not respond to the other sites.