A head-on crash in Woolwich over the weekend sent two people to the hospital, and claimed the life of a dog.

When Did This Happen?

It was just before 9:30 Sunday morning when the Sagadahoc County Regional Communications Center began receiving 911 calls from people reporting a car crash on U.S. Route 1 in Woolwich. The crash, which happened near the north end of Shaw road, was reportedly a head-on collision.

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What Happened?

When Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Deputies arrived, they found a Ford Transit van, operated by Shawn C. McNeill, 61, of Laughlin, Nevada (formerly of Bath, Maine) and a Subaru Forester, driven by Kristin Nawrocki, 41, of Woolwich, both heavily damaged. The van is a delivery vehicle for Cantrell Seafood of Topsham. Both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles by first responders. They were transported by Woolwich EMS to Maine Medical Center in Portland with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Nawrocki had a dog in the vehicle with her that sustained serious injuries. First responders provided medical aid at the scene and the dog was then taken to the Maine Veterinary Medical Center in Scarborough. Sadly, the animal passed away.

Was Weather a Factor?

Officials interviewed witnesses to the crash who told them the van was traveling north on U.S. Route 1 when it veered across the roadway and into the path of the Subaru. At the time of the crash, roads were wet from a steady rain. Members of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office and Brunswick Police Department worked to reconstruct the crash to determine whether the rain, or any other factors, contributed to that collision.

Traffic in that section of Route 1 was reduced to one lane for about five hours, while southbound traffic was detoured.

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