Auburn – Several people were injured Thursday night when cars crashed on Center Street, including one that then passed the Burger King car park where it crashed into cars in the driveway before flipping on its side.
Ambulance crews from several towns were dispatched to the scene around 7:30 pm to report four car wrecks and several injuries. Police later said that none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
When the police and rescue crew arrived, they found two damaged cars and a third on its side near the canopy above the Burger King window. A Burger King worker said he was delivering food to a customer when the car came in the direction of the building after it skidded through the adjacent Mobile Mart parking lot.
Witnesses said the driver of that car appeared to be heading inland on Center Street and crashed into a car in the south lane before continuing across the two parking lots and hitting Burger King.
Fire brigades had to clear some people of the wreckage. Four teenagers were in the car that overturned.
Chelsea Clavitt, from Poland, was sitting in a Burger King row, two cars in front of her, when the accident happened.
“I heard a noise on my right,” Clavett said. “I looked up and saw a car coming across Central Street over the curb in Mobil, going mid-air and going down the sides, crashing into the car at the drive-through window and into the building. I jumped out of my car, called 911 and got run over. There were other people in the car helping people out. Inside out.”
She said the driver of the overturned car, a young man, got off from under the wreckage. I ordered him to sit down and shortly after that, he lost consciousness. Soon after, other victims got out of the car, including a teenage boy with a cut to his hand and a teenage girl who was shot in the arm.
Soon after, a teenage girl jumped out of the passenger seat after being clamped between the back seat and the door. Clavett said the girl apparently fainted in the car for a moment before she got out.
She said the teenagers are 15, 16, 17 and 18 years old.
Clavet assisted the victims at the scene, as did several others, including a doctor, soldier and nurse who stopped to help.
“I’m so glad there are other people out there to help them out,” Clavett said. “Glad the employee in the car window through was doing well and I hope and pray the driver makes a full recovery – and everyone stays well.”
Clavett said she was relieved that the others in the queue were not more seriously harmed.
“The guy in front of me was very lucky,” she said. “He had his children with him.”
That family escaped unharmed.
In the aftermath of the accident, three cars remained in the driving lane of the restaurant. Another stop on Center Street in front of the Mobile Mart.
Auburn fire brigade quickly dispatched additional ambulances from several towns, including Poland and Turner. The victims were taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where patients with en-route trauma were informed.
Police closed part of Center Street to Burger King and the Mobile Mart, diverting traffic to Lake Auburn Boulevard. Investigators spoke with witnesses on Center Street and in the parking lot of a Mobile Mart, where a large crowd had formed.
A man said he was at a Mobile Mart but had never seen the car accident. He heard tires screeching and, when he looked over him, the car flipped over at the car window.
A section of the Burger King building, around the driveway, appears to have been heavily damaged in the wreckage.
No more information is available about the drivers or their conditions.
This story will be updated.
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