EMBDEN — Four people were taken to the hospital early Tuesday morning after the station wagon in which they were riding drove through crashed into a tree on Kennebec River Road, police said.

The crash was reported at around 3:20 a.m. after the 2003 Subaru station wagon, traveling east on Cross Town Road, ran through a stop sign at the intersection of Kennebec River Road, said Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver of the car, 30-year-old Andrew Bouffard, of Princeton, Mass., told police that the group was headed to The Forks to go white water rafting and because of foggy conditions did not see the stop sign, said Lancaster.

Emergency medical personnel from three agencies responded, and Bouffard along with all three passengers were taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan.

One passenger, 44-year-old Christopher Brighan, was later transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. A nursing supervisor there said there was no information on his condition on Tuesday.

The other three, including 24-year old Seth Gilbert and Noah Hale, 31, of Jackman, were released from the Skowhegan hospital, a nursing supervisor said.

Police did not have information on where Gilbert and Brighan are from.

The accident is still under investigation and charges are possible, said Lancaster. No one in the car was wearing a seat belt, he said.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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