8 injured in crash involving college van on Route 220

9 college students involved in van accident

THORNDIKE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Nine students from the College of the Atlantic were involved in an accident in Thorndike Sunday.

One was even taken by Lifeflight to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

It happened at the intersection of Crosby Brook Road and Route 220 near the Unity, Thorndike line.

State Police say it appears the students' van failed to yield to on-coming traffic turning off of Route 220 when another van collided with them.

All but two of those involved, including the driver of the other van, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident shut down a portion of Route 220 for over an hour.

“There's multiple agencies from all over the area. There were seven ambulances that were called I believe they did all show up here,”  Trooper Bethany Robinson with Maine State Police said.  “Lifeflight was called. Of the nine individuals in the van, one was taken by lifelfight, two refused medical transport and the rest were taken to hospitals in the Waterville, Belfast area.”

Officials say the most serious injuries were a broken wrist and some facial injuries.

Still no word on the current status of the patient who was flown by Lifeflight, and the names of the drivers have not yet been released.

College of the Atlantic Director of Communications Rob Levin reached out to NEWS CENTER with a statement Sunday night:

"Our thoughts and good wishes go out to everyone involved in the accident. Our first concern is for the health and safety of the occupants of the vehicles and we are grateful there were no life-threatening injuries.

"We have been actively providing support for the students that were involved."

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