TRENTON – Two drivers were injured, one seriously, in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon on Route 3 near Thompson Island. The emergency response and subsequent cleanup stalled traffic on the one road on and off Mount Desert Island for hours.
According to Deputy Travis Frost of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Sandra Nickless-Hover of Alton was driving a 2013 Jeep that sideswiped a 2012 Ford before hitting head-on a 2015 GMC pickup driven by Brian Howard of Sangerville.
Nickless-Hover sustained hip and leg injuries and was flown by LifeFlight helicopter ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment.
Howard was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, where he was treated for neck pain and later released.
The driver of the Ford, Irene Murphy of Tremont, was not injured. Damage to her vehicle was minimal and she was able to drive away from the accident scene, Frost said in a press release.
The cause of the accident, which occurred around 1:30 p.m., remains under investigation, Frost said.
Members of the Trenton Fire Department used a hydraulic rescue tool to cut off part of the roof of the Jeep to extricate Nickless-Hover.
Bar Harbor Police and Bar Harbor firefighters assisted in the emergency response.
Traffic on both sides of the causeway was backed up for several hours. On Route 102 the jam stretched from the head of the island to the KOA campground in Town Hill. Even after the flow onto Mount Desert Island returned to normal, the line of vehicles stopped in the Northbound lane of Route 3 stretched several miles, nearly to the Hadley Point Road.
Accidents on the bridge Wednesday morning at the height of the snow storm resulted in traffic backups as well.