State Police say a young brother and sister were seriously injured this morning when the SUV they were in collided with a small dump truck on Route 27 in Pittston.

Maine State Police

The crash took place at the Intersection of Route 27 and the Old Cedar Grove Road when the Jeep driven by a teenage driver pulled out in front of the truck.   Troopers said the Jeep Cherokee was driven by 16 year old Tabytha Hembree of Pittston.  Her passenger was her 12 year old brother, Alexander Hembree, and the two live a short distance from the crash site. 

Trooper Klayton Peckham said the truck collided with the driver’s side of the Jeep, and the Jeep then overturned and came to rest on its roof.   The Ford dump truck, which was towing a tractor, was operated by 55 year old Larry Merrifield of Winthrop.  

Maine State Police


The brother and sister had to be freed from the wreck by the Gardiner Fire Department and both were taken to MaineGeneral in Augusta with serious injuries.   Merrifield had minor injuries and did not require transport.   The crash took place about 6:45am as the brother and sister were headed to school in Gardiner. Merrifield was headed south on Route 27.

The road was reduced to one lane around the crash site during the morning hours, as a team of troopers investigated.