WATERVILLE — Faulty brakes on a sport utility vehicle appear to have caused a four-vehicle crash on Kennedy Memorial Drive Friday that halted traffic and sent four people to the hospital, according to police.
Four people were taken to Thayer Center for Health by Delta Ambulance, treated and released, according to Officer Cameron Huggins, who investigated the accident.
The accident, reported at 10:16 a.m., occurred at the intersection of Washington Street, a busy spot with a McDonald’s about a block east of the Interstate 95 ramps. Emergency crews worked quickly to clean up the mess so traffic could resume.
Huggins said the crash occurred when a 2010 GMC Terrain owned by MaineGeneral Health and driven by Nolan Sage, 75, of Augusta, was traveling south on Washington Street. Sage said his brakes were not functioning properly and he tried to stop at the traffic light but could not, Huggins said.
A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by Scott Trahan, 48, of Waterville, was traveling west on Kennedy Memorial Drive and had a green light, Huggins said. Tina Trahan, also 48, was a passenger in the pickup.
The vehicles collided, causing heavy front end damage to the truck and GMC, and the truck then struck a 2009 Hyundai Sonata that was being driven east on Kennedy Memorial Drive by Gary St. Pierre, 51, of Waterville. The Hyundai was stopped at the traffic light to turn left onto Washington Street, according to Huggins.
The impact from the truck spun the Hyundai around, causing it to hit a 2013 Toyota Scion TC traveling east on Kennedy Memorial Drive driven by Nikia Levesque, 17, of Vassalboro, Huggins said.
He said the Trahans, St. Pierre and Sage were treated for injuries and released from Thayer Center for Health.
Huggins said the GMC, Chevrolet and Hyundai were likely destroyed in the accident.
Waterville firefighters cleared the scene of debris and vehicles were towed away. No charges were filed in the accident.