RUMFORD — A three-car accident sent one person to the hospital and caused thousands of dollars damage at dusk Tuesday on Lincoln Avenue.
Rumford officer Joseph Sage said Alma Howard, 97, of Mexico had stopped at a stop sign on Falmouth Street, then proceeded onto Lincoln Avenue when Gordon Lister, 55, of Rumford was attempting to turn onto Falmouth Street from Lincoln Avenue.
When Howard's 1999 Chrysler sedan struck Lister's 1999 Mercury sedan, the car's air bag deployed and she accelerated her vehicle, which went across Lincoln Avenue and struck a 2010 Chevrolet sedan driven by Denise Francis, 50, of Rumford.
Francis was taken to Rumford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries by the Med-Care Ambulance Service. She was in stable condition Tuesday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Howard's Chrysler sedan and Francis' Chevrolet sedan were demolished, Sage said. Lister's Mercury sedan sustained $1,000 damage.
Also assisting at the scene were Sgt. Tracey Higley and Cpl. Lawrence Winson of the Rumford Police Department, and an engine and members of the Rumford Fire Department.
Traffic was rerouted away from Lincoln Avenue for about an hour.