RUMFORD – Maine Army National Guard soldiers passing through Rumford in a convoy on Saturday stopped what they were doing to help local emergency responders handle a two-car accident on Route 2.

At 11:58 a.m., a 2005 Ford Focus driven by Brandon Edwards, 33, of Rumford was stopped on Route 2 to make a left turn into the parking lot of Sam’s Italian Restaurant and Judy’s Variety store when a 2002 Pontiac Grand-Am driven by Jennifer L. Fuller, 23, of Rumford slammed into the Ford from behind, according to a police report by investigating Patrolman Michael Belanger.

That’s when soldiers garbed in desert camouflage ran out to help direct traffic around the scene, while other soldiers entered the crumpled cars to stabilize Fuller and Edwards until firefighters and ambulance crews arrived and took over care of the victims.

Fuller, who complained of chest pain, and Edwards, who complained of neck, shoulder and abdominal pain, were taken to Rumford Hospital.

Both vehicles were totaled.

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