COLUMBIA  —  Nine people are recovering from injuries suffered in a three-car accident at a dangerous U.S. Route 1 intersection in the town of Columbia.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department says the Tuesday crash happened when a vehicle tried to turn off U.S. 1 onto a local road and was rear ended. The force of the collision pushed the vehicle that had been hit into a car coming from the other direction.

Sheriff Sgt. Timothy Tabbutt says all the victims were either wearing their seat belts or secured in child safety seats. They were taken to Down East Community Hospital in Machias for treatment.

The Bangor Daily News says the crash happened at the bottom of a steep hill known as an area where there are frequent collisions.