STEVE FULLER

No Serious Injuries in Car Crash Near Funeral Home



STEVE FULLER
No one was seriously injured in this two-car collision at the intersection of Pine and Franklin streets in Ellsworth Friday afternoon. The building in the background is Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home.

ELLSWORTH — Drivers received minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision Friday afternoon that saw one car come inches from striking a local funeral home building.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Pine and Franklin streets shortly after 4 p.m., where Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home is located. Co-owner Lauri Fernald said she and other staff members were inside when it happened.

“We heard the bang,” she said. “It sounded like metal.”

One of the cars had gone up and over a small embankment and struck a sign for the funeral home. It came close to striking the building, but did not make contact. The other car ended up on the sidewalk nearby.

Fernald said she was impressed with the quick response of police, fire and ambulance units.

“It wasn’t even five minutes and they were here,” she said.

Fernald said crashes occur frequently at the intersection, often when drivers on Franklin Street fail to stop for one of the stop signs. But a car has never come this close to hitting the building before, she added.

Police Officer Rick Roberts said at the scene that one of the drivers had a few minor cuts and was being taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for treatment as a precaution. The other driver, he said, had abrasions from the deployed airbag but did not require medical treatment.

Names of the drivers involved were not immediately available following the crash.

Fernald said she was thankful she was inside the building when the crash occurred.

“I was glad I wasn’t out watering the flowers,” she said.

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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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