Four people were sent to the hospital after a car crashed into a disabled car in the breakdown lane of the Carl Broggi Highway in Lebanon Tuesday night.

A 1996 Buick was in the breakdown lane with a mechanical problem with its hazard lights flashing shortly after 8 p.m., according to Lebanon’s assistant rescue chief, Jason Cole.

A 2003 Jeep had pulled over in front of the Buick and the driver was looking under the hood of the Buick when the driver of a 1995 Chevrolet Caprice lost control and crashed into the Buick, Cole said.

The collision knocked the Jeep’s operator about 30 feet into a ditch and knocked over the driver of the Buick, who was standing alongside the Jeep.  

A passenger in the Jeep was holding a three-year-old girl who had gotten  out of her car seat while the car was stopped, Cole said. Both were hurt. A one-year-old still in a car seat was not injured, Cole said.

All four were taken to Frisbie Hospital in Rochester with injuries that were not life threatening, Cole said.

The driver of the caprice may have suffered a minor medical issue just before the crash Cole said, but the incident is under investigation by the State Police.

A separate crash at 9:30 p.m. occurred on Little River Road when a Jeep lost control and crashed into a utility pole. The driver was trapped for 40 minutes until Central maine power Co. could turn off the power and he could get out safely, Cole said.

The driver, a 48-year-old man from East lebanon, was taken to Sanford Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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