SKOWHEGAN — Two people were injured Monday when the driver of a minivan attempted to make a U-turn on U.S. Route 2 and was struck by a pickup truck, Skowhegan police Chief David Bucknam said.

Two people were injured Monday when a minivan traveling west on U.S. Route 2 in Skowhegan attempted to make a U-turn at the intersection with East Ridge Road and was struck by a pickup truck, police said. Photo courtesy of Skowhegan police

The collision occurred at about 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Route 2, also known as Canaan Road, and East Ridge Road. A Chrysler Town & Country driven by 53-year-old Karena Caffyn of Canaan was traveling west on Route 2 when Caffyn made a right turn onto East Ridge Road in order to turn around and head back east on Route 2, Bucknam said in a statement.

But Caffyn failed to yield at the stop sign on East Ridge and drove back onto Route 2 where her minivan was struck by a westbound F-150 pickup driven by a 17-year-old who was unable to avoid the minivan, Bucknam said. The pickup struck the Chrysler on the driver’s side, sending both vehicles off the road.

Caffyn and the teenager were both taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital for injuries that Bucknam said were not life threatening. He did not identify the juvenile.

Bucknam said both drivers were “extremely lucky” to not have suffered more serious injuries in light of the damage caused by the collision.

Skowhegan Officer Richard Pierce responded to the wreck.

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