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Victims of Van Buren crash sustained ‘significant injuries’

VAN BUREN, Maine — Three of four victims injured in a head-on collision in Van Buren early Tuesday afternoon, July 19 remain hospitalized at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Van Buren Police Chief Michael Bresett.

“I heard today that at least two of them were still in an induced coma. They had significant injuries,” Chief Bresset said Wednesday, July 20. “They’re stable.”

A red Chevrolet Impala driven by Kenneth Cyr, age 62, and a blue GMC utility vehicle driven by Linda Emond, age 68, collided head-on at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday afternoon on 952 Main St., also known as Route 1.

Cyr and his passenger, Linda Cyr, age 62, were among the victims transported in critical condition to the Bangor hospital by LifeFlight following the crash, as was a passenger in Emond’s vehicle, 69-year-old Lionel Emond.

Linda Emond was treated at Cary Medical Center and released on Wednesday.

A third vehicle, a black 2012 Jeep Liberty utility vehicle operated by Ryan Deschaine, age 32, avoided the crash by swerving off the road. Deschaine’s infant son was also in the Jeep Liberty. Neither Deschaine nor the child were injured as a result of the accident, according to Bresett.

The accident remains under investigation.

Members of the Van Buren Ambulance Service and Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department also assisted at the scene.

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