A man involved in a two-vehicle collision Thursday wears a neck brace as he waits for an ambulance on U.S. Route 201 in Vassalboro. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

VASSALBORO — Three people were taken to the hospital after a head-on crash around 11 a.m. Thursday on Riverside Drive, just north of the intersection with Hunt Road and Cushnoc Road.

Vassalboro Fire Chief Walker Thompson said his department responded to the area of 1185 Riverside Drive for a two-vehicle crash.

According to the Maine State Police, Nicolas Derosby, 24, fell asleep while driving south and crossed the center line, striking the northbound vehicle driven by Brooke Stewart, 26. Stewart’s 2-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle, but she was not hurt.

All three were taken to the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.

Shannon Moss, Maine Department of Public Safety’s public information officer, said Derosby was arrested on charges of operating after suspension involving personal injury and violating conditions of release and taken to the Kennebec County jail.

Riverside Drive was closed for about 15 minutes for safety reasons, Thompson said, and it opened to a single lane after the three people involved in the crash were in the ambulance.

 

Trooper Haley Fleming takes pictures Thursday of a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Route 201 in Vassalboro. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Thompson has responded to a number of crashes along that stretch of Riverside Drive, which is also U.S. Route 201.

“To be honest with you, I’m not sure what it is,” he said.

The speed limit in that area is 55 mph, and it drops to 45 mph just south of there, he said.

In addition to the Maine State Police and the Vassalboro Fire Department, Vassalboro first responders and Delta Ambulance responded to the crash.

“I’m just thankful it wasn’t worse than what it was,” Thompson said. “ … I am just glad everybody’s going to be OK.”

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