This minivan was struck broadside Sunday afternoon when the driver of a pickup truck reportedly left his lane on Route 3 to pass another vehicle on the left. Both cars were totaled, but no one was seriously injured. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Accident closes Route 3

BAR HARBOR — A Hampden man was summonsed Sunday afternoon after his alleged attempt to pass another vehicle resulted in a major accident, a power line down and one passenger being taken to the hospital.

Jeremy Dionne, 35, was driving his red Toyota Tacoma east on Route 3 near Hadley Point Road. According to witnesses, Officer Brad O’Neil of the Bar Harbor Police Department said, “it looked like he was trying to pass another vehicle on the left.”

Pei-Fu Markert, 43, of Jamestown, N.C., was driving west in a black Honda Pilot minivan with her 15-year-old daughter and mother in the vehicle when she noticed the truck in her lane. She told police that she sounded her horn to alert Dionne but couldn’t get his attention. She pulled to the right just as the truck struck her van broadside, according to reports, causing the truck to hit the curb. The impact sent the truck into the air. It struck a telephone pole, snapping it in two, dropping wires across Route 3.

“I don’t know how the van continued forward as it did, but it did. It struck a signpost,” O’Neil said. “The truck lost its front left wheel on impact with the utility pole. Its spare tire also came out of the truck bed and went down the road.”

Markert’s daughter was taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital in an ambulance for treatment of minor cuts and scrapes. Markert also sustained minor injuries but declined transport.

Dionne was not injured. He was summonsed on charges of failure to keep right, failure to provide evidence of insurance and an expired vehicle inspection.

Route 3 was closed briefly as police, firefighters and crews from Emera Maine worked to make the road safe again. Traffic was routed via Bay View Drive and Hadley Point Road. “There was a quick response from everybody,” O’Neil said. “Firefighters were able to determine they were not power lines, so they cut them down.”

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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