Bar Harbor man dies following Route 102 crash



BAR HARBOR — A 45-year-old Bar Harbor man has died as a result of injuries sustained during a vehicle accident in Town Hill on Tuesday. Christopher Buzzell was transported to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth and later by LifeFlight of Maine to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Gilbert Farm Road at 1:20 p.m., closing State Highway 102 from the Gilbert Farm Road to the Knox Road in Town Hill for approximately three hours. Southbound traffic was re-routed east on Gilbert Farm Road and northbound traffic north on the Knox Road.

According to the Bar Harbor Police Department, a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Buzzell was traveling southbound on State Highway 102. Buzzell’s vehicle failed to stop for vehicles stopped in front of him and struck a 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser, operated by Halsey Aguiar, 23, of Nantucket, Mass. As a result of the initial impact, Aguiar’s vehicle crashed into the vehicle in front of it, a 2019 GMC Sierra pickup operated by Edward Monat, 54, of Bar Harbor. All three vehicles came to final rest in the southbound lane of State Highway 102.

No other parties were injured as a result of the crash and all three vehicles sustained heavy disabling damage and were towed from the scene.

Multiple agencies assisted at the scene, including the Bar Harbor Fire Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Maine State Police.

The crash is currently under investigation.