Eight people were hurt when an oncoming van crashed into the side of this van from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor in Thorndike Sunday afternoon. PHOTO COURTESY OF MAINE STATE POLICE

Update: COA students injured in van crash



THORNDIKE – Eight people, including seven people from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor were hurt late Sunday morning when two vans collided on Route 220 here.

According to Maine State Police, a van registered to COA attempted to turn onto the Crosby Brook Road near the site of the Common Ground Fair and crossed the path of the second van. The oncoming van hit the COA vehicle broadside on the passenger side.

The injured were taken to Inland Hospital in Waterville and Waldo General Hospital in Belfast. One was taken by Lifeflight helicopter ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

The most serious injuries were a broken wrist and facial cuts and contusions, police said.

On Monday, State Police released the name of the driver of the COA van, Connor O’Brien, 21, of Massachusetts. Passengers included: Julia Clemens, 25, Leigh Rinkan, Abigail Jackson, 20, Amber Wolfe, 20, Paige Hill 23, Alijah Santenr, 19, Gillian Welch, 20, and Teegan Rose, 19. Two of the passengers declined medical attention at the scene.

“Our thoughts and good wishes go out to everyone involved in the accident,” COA spokesman Rob Levin said Sunday evening. “We continue to be concerned for the health and safety of the occupants of the vehicles,” he added.

The driver of the second van, Benjamin Stowe, 64, of Pennsylvania, was taken to Waldo General with wrist and leg injuries.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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