Woman dies in Rte. 3 crash

BAR HARBOR — A California woman died Sunday after she was involved in a head-on crash on Route 3 in the area of “the Bluffs.”

Nga Thi Le, 65, of Westminster, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at about 4:30 p.m., according to a statement from Bar Harbor Police.

Le was a passenger in a minivan with three other people in it, police said. All the other passengers suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. One was flown to Northern Light Eastern Medical Center in Bangor. The rest were brought by rescuers to Mount Desert Island Hospital.

Douglas Hager, 64, of Yorba Linda, Calif., was driving the minivan south on Route 3 before crossing over into the opposite lane, according to police. The van struck a guardrail and then collided head-on with an oncoming SUV driven by a New Hampshire woman.

She also suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The group from California were staying locally and the van was a rental.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash, but the driver of the van displayed no obvious signs of impairment, said Bar Harbor Police Capt. David Kearns.

Police were assisted by the Bar Harbor Fire Department, Acadia National Park and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

Ethan Genter

Ethan Genter

Former reporter for the Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander, Ethan covered maritime news and the town of Bar Harbor.
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