WEST PARIS — Three young men were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after their vehicle was rear-ended on Route 26 at the Trap Corner intersection.
Deputy Justin Brown of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said the accident, which was reported shortly before 3:45 p.m., occurred as a Chevrolet Geo Tracker driven by 23-year-old Benjamin Gully of West Paris was turning into the parking lot of the Big Apple convenience store. The vehicle was struck from behind by a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 50-year-old Jeffrey Campbell of Woodstock.
“Witnesses stated that the Geo Tracker went airborne, tumbling from end to end,” Brown said.
Both vehicles were traveling north. The Tracker came to a rest on a sidewalk along the southbound lane.
Gully was taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital for treatment, as was front seat passenger William Kangas, 25, of West Paris. William Newmeyer, 24, of West Paris was in the back seat and taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
A nursing supervisor at Stephens Memorial Hospital said Gully and Kangas were expected to be treated and released. A nursing supervisor at CMMC said Newmeyer was in stable condition Wednesday evening.
Brown said the accident remained under investigation. The top of the Tracker was cut off to assist in medical response. The pickup had heavy damage to the front.
Tri-Town Rescue and Pace Ambulance responded to the accident, along with the Maine State Police and firefighters from West Paris and Paris. A game warden from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife also came upon the accident scene and assisted.
Route 26 was closed at Trap Corner and traffic detoured.