ST. ALBANS — A St. Albans man who police say was to blame in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday in Canaan was involved in a three-car accident Thursday afternoon in St. Albans, and the state will be evaluating his driving abiliy.

On Thursday, Harold Field, 70, had to be extracted from his 2006 Ford Ranger after turning into the path of a car on Todd’s Corner Road, said Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster, of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

On Tuesday, three people, including Field, were taken to a local hospital after a collision involving three vehicles in a construction zone on U.S. Route 2 in Canaan. Driver inattention on the part of Field was cited as the cause of that crash, but Field will not be charged, Lancaster said.

“Because of the fact that there were two accidents within such a short period of time, we will be working with the secretary of state’s office to evaluate Mr. Field’s driving ability,” Lancaster said.

Around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Field, driving north, was making a left turn onto Willow Lane and crossed in front of a 2014 Chrysler being driven by Christopher Washburn, 27, of St. Albans, Lancaster said.

The impact of the collision caused Washburn’s car to turn and strike a 2000 Toyota Camry being driven by Barbara Mason, of Harmony, he said.


Field had to be extracted from his car, which Lancaster said was destroyed, and was taken by ambulance to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield with head and back pain. A hospital spokeswoman on Friday said Field had been transferred but could not say where.

Field is being issued a summons on a charge of failure to yield. Washburn was also taken to the hospital. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, and no other injuries were reported, Lancaster said.

On Tuesday, Field, driving a 2000 Chevy Cavalier, hit a 2013 BMW motorcycle from behind as traffic stopped for construction flaggers. The motorcycle was crushed against a boat being towed by a pickup truck. The accident happened on Main Street in Canaan near Oak Pond Road.

Field told investigators he did not see the motorcycle stopped in front of him, police said.

Field was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan with bumps and bruises after that crash. Police closed U.S. Route 2 in Canaan from Oak Pond Road west past Lake George Regional Park in Skowhegan for about 50 minutes during the investigation and cleanup after the accident.

The motorcycle was destroyed. Field’s car had extensive front-end damage. The boat and trailer had minor damage, he said.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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