BAR HARBOR – One man died and two other people were injured when a box truck struck a parked car on Route 3 at the Bluffs here early Tuesday afternoon.
Traffic was diverted around that portion of the busy highway and through Acadia National Park for more than seven hours as Bar Harbor Police, Maine State Police, deputies with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement officials investigated.
Killed in the crash was 79-year-old Roger Beghtol of Hendersonville, N.C.
According to Bar Harbor Police, Beghtol and his wife, Sally, 73, had parked on the side of the road at the Bluffs in their 2010 Buick facing west. Just after 1 p.m., a 2007 Chevrolet box truck owned by Builders Installed Products, a contracting firm with facilities in Hermon, Portland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York, was heading east. It crossed the centerline of the road, crossed over the oncoming lane and struck the Buick, police said. Roger Beghtol was standing outside the car at the time of the crash.
The driver of the truck, Miguel A. Garcia, 41, of Bangor, was taken to the Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor with injuries which were not life threatening. Sally Beghtol also was taken to MDI Hospital with injuries which were not life threatening.
A doctor and nurse driving by stopped to offer assistance, Lt. David Kerns of the Bar Harbor Police said Wednesday. They attended to Sally Beghtol as she waited in the back seat of their car for EMS to arrive.
A passenger in the truck, Aaron Bangs, 18, of Sorrento, was not hurt.
The Buick was pushed into the guardrail and spun around by the force of the crash and ended up in the road, facing in the opposite direction. The box truck continued on after hitting the car and ended up with one wheel atop the guardrail.
The moment Bar Harbor paramedics arrived at the scene, the call went out for a LifeFlight helicopter ambulance. Roger Beghtol was taken directly to Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor by LifeFlight. He was declared dead at EMMC at 2:29 p.m.
Both vehicles were towed from the scene. “Everything has been towed and impounded,” Kerns said. “The investigation has just started.” He declined to comment on what may have caused the box truck to cross the centerline.
Rangers from Acadia National Park helped direct traffic around the accident scene. Vehicles were routed up West Street Extension to the Park Loop Road from Eden Street in Bar Harbor. Vehicles inbound on Route 3 in Hulls Cove were also directed onto the Paradise Hill section of the Loop Road. Northeast Harbor Ambulance personnel and Ellsworth Police also assisted at the scene.
Traffic in downtown Bar Harbor backed up on Eden Street to the Mount Desert Street intersection, and cars were also lined up waiting to exit from Cottage and West streets.
Reporter Liz Graves contributed to this story.
Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to correct an earlier version that stated Beghtol was first treated at the MDI Hospital Emergency Room. He was taken straight from the scene by Bar Harbor Ambulance and put on a Lifeflight helicopter ambulance to EMMC in Bangor.