WATERBORO - Rubbernecking at an accident scene at the corner of New Dam and Beaver Dam roads in North Waterboro on Wednesday, Feb. 29, led to a second accident at the same site, according to Maj. William King of the York County Sheriff's Office.
Three people were injured in the separate incidents and were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, he said. In addition, one of the drivers, Edward Tibbetts, 52, of Waterboro was charged with operating under the influence and driving to endanger.
King said sheriff's deputies, along with local firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded to the first accident at about 8:14 a.m.
That accident occurred when Tibbetts, who was driving south on New Dam Road, lost control and struck a tree, a utility pole and a car parked on Beaver Dam Road. April Allaire, 30, of Waterboro was seated in the parked vehicle, along with a child, King said.
The second accident occurred when Amanda Kwiatek, 23, of Waterboro drove past the initial crash scene and was looking at what was going on instead of where she was going, he said. She ended up drifting into the opposite lane striking Libby Langlois, 18, of Limerick, head on.
King said Tibbetts and Langlois were both taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland and Allaire was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford.
The first accident also caused a power outage, which necessitated Central Maine Power being called to the scene to make repairs and restore power, King said. Also, rescue units from three towns - Waterboro, Limerick and Hollis - all responded to the scene.