MOUNT DESERT — An Ohio man was taken to a Bangor hospital via Lifeflight helicopter ambulance Wednesday evening after a multiple-vehicle accident at the northern intersection of Hall Quarry Road and Route 102.
A Honda Accord driven by Caleb Cooperrider, 35, of Croton, Ohio, was traveling southbound on Route 102 at a high rate of speed just after 5 p.m. when it reportedly crossed into the northbound lane and struck an oncoming vehicle. The Nissan Rogue, driven by Mark O’Brien, 35, of Staten Island, N.Y., was thrown off the roadway due to the impact and came to rest in a ditch.
The Honda then reportedly struck the driver’s side rear corner of a southbound 2010 Honda CRV operated by Zachary Nerod, 25, of Denver, Colo.
The Honda continued southbound in the northbound lane for some distance before coming to rest on series of rock ledges near the entrance of northern Hall Quarry Road.
O’Brien and a passenger both suffered injuries and were taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Both the Honda and the Nissan were heavily damaged. Debris from the collision also struck a northbound Honda CRV operated by Diana Lindquist, 65, of Southwest Harbor, causing minor damage.
Police are still investigating the crash. Route 102 was closed for about three hours; traffic was re-routed through Pretty March.
Multiple agencies assisted at the scene, including: the Mount Desert, Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor Fire Departments, the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service, the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Ambulance Service and Acadia National Park rangers. State police assisted with mapping and reconstruction assistance.