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Police Say Sleepy Driver Cause of Crash in Sullivan



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Ambulance and fire personnel survey the scene of a two-car crash on Route 1 in Sullivan Monday afternoon. One of the occupants of this vehicle was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

SULLIVAN — A Harrington woman was taken to the hospital following a two-car crash on Route 1 Monday afternoon.

Police say the crash occurred after one of the two drivers involved fell asleep.

State Trooper Chris Smith said 67-year-old Robert Wilson of Surry was southbound (toward Ellsworth) on Route 1 and had fallen asleep when he rounded the curve at the intersection with Route 185.

Wilson, who was driving an Audi TT, crossed over the centerline and struck a Buick Lucerne driven by 75-year-old Wayne Hammond of Harrington.

The crash occurred around 3:25 p.m., Smith said. Hammond had been heading north, but attempted to cross over when he saw Wilson’s vehicle in his lane.

Wilson’s vehicle went off the road into a small parking area, and long brake marks were visible behind the vehicle at the scene.

The Buick was spun around almost 180 degrees, facing back in the direction it came from. Wayne Hammond was uninjured, but his wife, Alice Hammond (also 75), sustained unspecified injuries in the crash. She was transported from the scene by County Ambulance.

Wilson was not injured in the crash, and was walking around and talking with first responders at the scene.

In addition to state police and County Ambulance, firefighters from Sullivan and Sorrento responded to the scene as well. Route 1 was reduced to one-lane traffic for a time.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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