Three vehicles destroyed in afternoon car accident

Three vehicles were destroyed Sunday in a crash at Main Street and Libby Avenue, and two people were transported to local hospitals.

Gorham police Sgt. Michael Nault said a 2004 Dodge Durango operated by 42-year-old Ronnie Willey of Gorham failed to yield when it entered the intersection. A 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Garrett Beesley, 20, of Gorham “broadsided” Willey’s vehicle, causing it to roll over.

Willey’s Dodge Durango kept rolling and landed on the hood of a third vehicle, a 2007 Nissan Sentra operated by Nikki Sproul, 31, of South Portland.

Nault said seat belts and properly installed child safety seats prevented serious injuries. Two people had to be transported with injuries that were not life-threatening.


Wegman chosen to speak at university commencement

The University of Maine at Farmington says acclaimed photographer, filmmaker and artist William Wegman will be the main speaker at its commencement next month.

Wegman is best known for his whimsical photographs of his beloved Weimaraners in various costumes and poses, but he’s also created photographs, videos, paintings, drawings and writings throughout his career. He spent summers for more than three decades in the Rangeley region of western Maine.

The school says Wegman will also be awarded an honorary doctorate degree at the May 18 ceremonies.


Police issue more than 5,000 seat belt citations

The Maine State Police are cracking down on motorists who aren’t buckling up. State police issued more than 5,000 seat belts summonses and warnings to motorists in the first three months of the year. The chief of the state police had asked troopers to make seat belts a priority, resulting in 2,478 summonses and 2,549 warnings being issued. During a similar effort last summer, troopers issued 769 summonses and 1,717 warnings.

People injured or killed on the job are remembered

Maine marked international Worker Memorial Day on Sunday by remembering those who have been hurt or killed and by committing to prevent workplace injuries.

Gov. Paul LePage said many of last year’s 20 workplace deaths and thousands of injuries in Maine could have been prevented with reasonable precautions and safe practices on the job. LePage said events like the recent tragedy at the fertilizer factory in Texas are sobering reminders to employers and workers to not take safety for granted.

In 2012, Maine led New England states in the number of businesses and public entities certified as safe facilities under the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

The Bureau of Labor Standards has created a new database of worker injuries that’s available on the Labor Department’s website, www.maine.gov/labor/labor_stats/workinjuries.html.

— From staff and news services