A Skowhegan man driving with a suspended license was among those hurt Thursday when a minivan and a pickup truck collided head-on on Riverside Drive in Augusta.

Sgt. Christian Behr, of the Augusta police, said the van’s driver, Wayne Edwards, 61, of Skowhegan, and an adult female passenger unidentified in a crash report were taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta with what were believed to be minor injuries.

Troy Adkins, 41, of Casco, who was driving the pickup truck, was not injured.

Edwards was issued a summons charging him with operating after suspension, Behr said.

The crash occurred shortly before 5:45 a.m. near the Longwood Avenue intersection as Edwards drove south toward the city on Riverside Drive. Behr said Edwards’ van apparently crossed the centerline into the path of Adkins’ northbound truck.

“Essentially it was a head-on collision,” Behr said.

He said police are investigating what caused the van to cross into the oncoming lane.

Both vehicles were too badly damaged to drive and had to be towed from the scene. Four small adult dogs in Edwards’ van were taken to a local shelter for safekeeping until Edwards is released from the hospital, Behr said. None of the dogs was injured.

Bangor Street was closed for about 30 minutes as Augusta police and firefighters tended to the injured and removed the cars.

“The traffic was fairly light at the time,” Behr said.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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