Mechanical problem leads to 2 vehicle crash in Skowhegan, police say

SKOWHEGAN – Mechanical problems led to a two-vehicle crash that sent a driver to hospital with leg and chest pain, police said on Friday.

Skowhegan Police were alerted to the crash shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, Police Chief David Bucknam said. Zenon Herrera, 39, of Skowhegan, was driving west on US Route 201 towards Skowhegan. He had a mechanical problem with his 2007 Honda Odyssey and was trying to get to a mechanic in town for help.

Due to the mechanical issue, Herrera was driving with his headlights off, Bucknam said. At the same time, Donna Boynton, 74, of Skowhegan, was coming out of her driveway on Route 201 and did not see the van approaching due to the headlights off.

Herrera attempted to swerve to avoid Boynton’s 2009 Nissan Rogue, but was unable to avoid the collision. The passenger side of Herrera’s van collided with the front driver side of Boynton’s SUV. The damage to the SUV was extensive and the Skowhegan Fire Department had to extricate Boynton from his vehicle.

Boynton was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital with pain in his legs and chest. Bucknam said he was unaware of Boynton’s condition on Friday.

The accident investigation is ongoing.

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