A driver’s quick reaction prevented a head-on collision during a Thursday morning crash on U.S. Route 201 in Richmond that sent one person to the hospital.

Melanie Scott, 32, of Gardiner, was taken by ambulance to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, where she was treated and released, said Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster.

The other driver, 37-year-old Andrew Moore of Litchfield, was examined at the scene but did not go to the hospital, MacMaster said.

The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m., on less than a mile from the Gardiner town line on Route 201. MacMaster said Scott was driving a 2011 Jeep Compass south when it drifted into the northbound lane. Moore, who was driving north in a 2005 Dodge Neon, swerved right to avoid a head-on crash, MacMaster said. As a result, Scott’s Jeep hit the side of Moore’s Neon.

“He saw she was coming towards him and he reacted,” MacMaster said.

Moore’s car continued off the right side of the road. Scott’s Jeep went off the same side of the road a short distance away.

Police are still investigating, but MacMaster said Scott may have suffered a medical issue that caused her to lose control of her car. Both vehicles were destroyed.

Route 201 was reduced to one lane for about an hour. There were no charges connected to the crash as of Thursday afternoon.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642 | [email protected] | Twitter: @CraigCrosby4

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