January 12

5 hurt in ambulance-SUV crash in Windsor

Police blame the Route 17 accident Sunday on an icy road surface.

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

A Delta Ambulance with a patient inside rolled over completely Sunday morning on Route 17 in Windsor after it collided with an SUV in an accident attributed to icy road conditions.

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Injuries: Five people were taken to hospitals following a crash Sunday morning on Route 17 in Windsor involving a Delta Ambulance vehicle and an SUV.

Contributed photo by Kennebec County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Bickford

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Accident: Police say the Delta Ambulance involved in a collision Sunday morning rolled over completely while transporting a patient and landed on the side of the road on its wheels.

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Deputy Mike Bickford said five of the six people in the two vehicles were taken to hospitals for evaluations and treatment of injuries following the accident on Route 17 near Baker Road.

Heather Hinkley, who was a passenger in the SUV being driven by John Hinkley, 39, was taken by LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center; and the others were taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. Bickford said Heather Hinkley’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The Hinkleys are from West Gardiner.

A nursing supervisor at Central Maine Medical Center said Sunday she could neither confirm or deny that Heather Hinkley was there.

Emergency responders spent about four hours at the collision site in Windsor, and the road was closed for a while because of debris and to allow investigators to photograph the scene, Bickford said Sunday afternoon.

He said the accident, which was reported at 8:10 a.m., occurred as Delta Ambulance driver George Shaw, 46, was driving west on Route 17 toward Augusta from Windsor with a patient, Betty Crockett, 71, and a medic, Travis Burton, 33.

Bickford said Hinkley’s eastbound SUV lost control near the Baker Road intersection and struck the ambulance, causing it to go off the road and roll over. He said the vehicle ended up on its wheels.

Shaw and Crockett were taken to MaineGeneral to be checked out.

John Hinkley’s daughter, Julia Hinkley, was also taken to MaineGeneral.

Bickford said Augusta Rescue went to the scene as well as a second Delta Ambulance and the Windsor Fire Department.

He said the road was icy and no traffic citations were anticipated at this time. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, and Bickford said it appeared they were destroyed.

Betty Adams — 621-5631badams@centralmaine.comTwitter: @betadams
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Crash: An SUV driven by John Hinkley lost control on Route 17 in Windsor and crashed into a Delta Ambulance Sunday, sending five people to the hospital for treatment.


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