Head-on collisions are rare, accounting for only 2% of all auto accidents, however, they are often the deadliest kind of crashes. Head-on collisions account for 10% of all auto accident fatalities. Brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, spinal injuries, broken bones, and other serious injuries are often the kind of injuries suffered in a head-on collision. Many head-on collisions are caused by wrong-way drivers who are sometimes intoxicated or lost. The Press Herald reports on a Casco, Maine head-on accident that resulted in the deaths of a mother and daughter.
Police were forced to close two sections of Route 302 in Cumberland County, Maine due to a head-on collision between a truck and an SUV.
53-year-old Jamie Mantz was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty when, for unknown reasons, she veered into oncoming traffic. She hit the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 26-year-old Austin Wood head-on. Also inside the Jeep was Mantz’s 80-year-old mother Carol Storm.
Emergency crews had to work to extricate all of those who were involved in the crash. Both Mantz and Storm were killed at the scene. Wood suffered from serious injuries, including head and leg injuries. He was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland. On Tuesday night, Wood was listed as being in critical condition.
The accident was reported at 3:59 p.m. This resulting cleanup and investigation shut down traffic in the city of Casco until 8:30 p.m.
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