Mexico driver badly hurt in crash


HANOVER – A Mexico man suffered serious injuries and a Naples driver minor injuries when their vehicles collided on Route 2 about 6:50 p.m. Monday night.

Gerard Hamner Sr., 58, of Mexico was transported to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for what appeared to be serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to Trooper Corey Smith of the Maine State Police. He was still being evaluated at 11 p.m. Monday, according to a nursing supervisor.

Pamela Mullinix, 47, of Naples suffered minor injuries and was transported to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Smith said. She was treated and released, according to a nursing supervisor.

Hamner was traveling east in his 1998 Chevrolet Blazer toward Mexico when he lost control of his vehicle on ice, Smith said. His car went into the westbound lane. Mullinix was traveling west and her 2004 Ford Explorer struck the passenger side of Hamner’s SUV, the trooper said.

Both vehicles were totaled.

Due to dangerous road conditions, Route 2 was closed between Bear River and Powell Place for several hours while state police cleared the scene and conducted their investigation.

“There were lots of fire department personnel there. Personal safety was at the top of the list,” Smith said.

Personnel from Rumford Fire Department, Bethel Rescue, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, state police and Med-Care Ambulance responded.