Chain-reaction crash causes minor injury


RUMFORD – A three-vehicle chain-reaction collision on the so-called Red Bridge connecting Rumford and Mexico resulted in nearly $6,000 in damage and one minor injury Thursday afternoon.

Officer Matthew Noyes said a 2002 Ford station wagon driven by Mark Larsen, 47, of Franklin Street, stopped in traffic on the bridge at about 2:40 p.m.

A second vehicle, a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Laurie Donahue, 34, of Main Street, Mexico, stopped behind the station wagon.

Christopher Barlow, 17, of Hanover, who was driving a 1999 Dodge pickup truck, apparently failed to see the vehicles stopped in front of him. He hit the Chevrolet pickup, which in turn, hit the Ford station wagon.

Noyes said Donahue complained of pain, but declined transport to Rumford Hospital by Med-Care Ambulance Service.

The three vehicles were able to be driven across the bridge to the Franklin Savings Bank parking lot so that traffic was not tied up.

Noyes estimated damage to the Chevrolet pickup at $1,800, $1,500 to the Dodge pickup and $2,500 to the Ford station wagon.

All drivers were wearing safety belts.

Noyes was assisted by Mexico Officer Dustin Broughton and Gary Wentzell of the Mexico Fire Department.