Collision injures four people in Wilton


Four people were injured on Friday, though apparently not seriously, after two cars collided at 12:35 p.m. at the intersections of Routes 2, 4 and 156 in Wilton.

A Ford Taurus driven by Flory Choate, 74, of Wilton, was pulling out of Route 156, also known as Depot Street, and attempting to cross Routes 2 and 4 to Gould’s Service Station, when it collided with a Cadillac, Wilton police officer Josh King said. The Cadillac was traveling on Routes 2 and 4 heading toward East Dixfield.

The two vehicles went over a median sign and ended up pushed together facing the same way, he said. The driver of the Cadillac, Shirley Smith, 57, of both Maine and Florida, and her husband, Raymond Smith, 62, a passenger, were both taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

Choate and her passenger, Dianna Merrill, 48, address unknown, were also taken to FMH, King said.

All involved were treated at the hospital and released. Because of what were initially believed to be serious injuries suffered by Shirley Smith, King said, he called in a Maine State Police accident reconstructionist. A tow truck was called in to separate the cars so that Wilton firefighters could pry the Taurus’ door open to get Smith out, King said. An animal control officer also responded to take a dog in Choate’s vehicle to the hospital, he said.

The accident remains under investigation, King said.