FARMINGTON — Police are looking into what caused a vehicle to cross the center line and strike a car, trapping the driver and closing Route 11 for about an hour Monday night.
Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded around 10:15 p.m. after a westbound 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Nathan Bailey, 28, of Nutter Street, Rochester, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2006 Chevy Aveo driven by Karen McKay, 55, of Cocecho Street, Dover, near Lock-Tite Storage on Route 11, according to Police Lt. John Drury.
Drury said the road was closed while firefighters extricated Bailey. Air bags deployed in both vehicles, according to Drury, but McKay was the only driver wearing a seat belt.
He said both drivers, sole occupants in their vehicles, were sent to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester. McKay was sent as a precaution, but Bailey sustained a serious head laceration and neck injuries. He was sent to Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, where staff confirmed he was a patient but would not release his status Tuesday.
The accident remains under investigation, and Drury said police determined speed was not a factor in the crash.
"We have not ruled out alcohol," Drury said. Investigators do not believe weather conditions were involved, but they are checking to see if drugs, medication or distracted driving were factors.
Drury said there are many crashes, usually involved vehicles attempting to turn, along the stretch of road where the crash occurred.