CARRABASSETT VALLEY – A Falmouth couple is lucky to have survived after their car collided Sunday afternoon with a Jeep on Route 27, killing the family’s dog, police said.

The driver of the car, Stephen Carew, 51, and his wife, Lisa Carew, 50, were taken by ambulance to the hospital after the crash that occurred about 2 p.m., just north of the Kingfield town line.
 
The Carews’ dog was killed in the crash and the couple was treated at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington and released, Carrabassett Valley Police Chief Scott Nichols Sr. said Monday morning.
 
The couple was distraught over losing the dog but “luckily nobody was killed” in the horrific crash, Nichols said. He did not know the dog’s breed or name.
 
Nichols said the couple escaped serious injury because they were wearing seatbelts and the side-impact air bags in their 2005 Honda Accord deployed.
 
The couple was driving south on Route 27 in a line of traffic when multiple cars attempted to simultaneously pass another vehicle, which witnesses said was traveling below the 55 mph speed limit, Nichols said.
 
As the line of cars made the pass on the two-lane highway, the oncoming 2005 Jeep driven by Sarah Hinkley, 46, of Kingfield, swerved into the shoulder to avoid them. Hinkley then lost control of the Jeep and it veered back into the roadway and struck the Carews’ car, causing both vehicles to roll over at least once before coming to a rest alongside the highway, Nichols said.
 
Hinkley and her passenger, Aaron Hinkley, 27, were both wearing seatbelts and did not get hurt in the crash, Nichols said.


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