Man injured in three-vehicle crash in Lisbon

As reported in the Sun Journal on January 5, 2011

LISBON — A local driver was seriously injured when his car was hit head-on on Route 196 in Lisbon Center shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Lisbon police Sgt. Scott Stewart identified the drivers as John Tobin, 62, Diane Smith, 46, and Adam Gamage, 31, all of Lisbon.

Tobin was listed in serious condition at Central Maine Medical Center late Tuesday, a nursing supervisor said.

Gamage and Smith were apparently not admitted to hospitals, he said. Neither CMMC nor St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center had their names on their patient rosters, spokesmen said.

Stewart said Gamage was driving east near Lisbon Family Practice when his pickup crossed the highway and struck Tobin’s westbound Toyota sedan. The truck went airborne and landed on the hood and windshield of Smith’s Ford Taurus, which was behind Tobin’s car. The truck landed upside down.

Tobin was dangling upside down when Fire Department personnel extricated him, Stewart said. He said family members told him Tobin suffered a shattered ankle, broken collarbone, dislocated elbow and a knee injury.

Two ambulances from United and one from Lisbon Emergency were called to the scene.

Gamage’s 1999 Chevrolet pickup and Tobin’s 2003 Toyota sedan were totaled; Smith’s 2001 Taurus had an estimated $3,000 damage.

An empty school bus that had pulled to the side of the highway due to the accident had minor damage when Smith’s car rolled down the hill after she got out of it, Stewart said.

The accident was still under investigation late Tuesday night.

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