Boothbay woman LifeFlighted after Brunswick 6-car pileup

Tue, 08/31/2021 - 2:30pm

    Bianca Mackay, 23, of Boothbay remained at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston following a collision on Route 1 in Brunswick at 8 a.m. Aug. 25, according to a GoFundMe page her friends set up.

    An Aug. 25 afternoon press release by Brunswick Police Department said Mackay was bringing her Honda Civic to a stop southbound on Route 1 between the Topsham connector and Maine Street ramp in Brunswick when her car was struck from behind by a 2020 Freightliner box truck driven by Chenda Douer, 48, of Portland. Mackay’s vehicle was propelled under a 2019 Dodge Caravan driven by Gordon Beaupre, 71, of Caribou, leading to three other vehicles being struck: a 2014 BMW X3 driven by Collen Calder, 36, of Portland; a 2014 Ford Focus driven by William Whyte, 75, of Leesburg, Virginia; and a 2018 Chevrolet Colorado driven by Mary Ellen McPhee, 66, of Pembroke, Massachusetts.

    Two of the other drivers were treated for minor injuries and released from local hospitals. Mackay was flown via LifeFlight to CMMC.

    Brunswick Police, Brunswick Fire and Rescue, Topsham Rescue, Bath Rescue and Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Unit responded. The accident closed Route 1 for over four hours. Cleanup involved shifting the box truck’s cargo of fresh lobsters to another truck. Maine Marine Patrol helped with the cargo and Maine Department of Transportation and Topsham Police assisted with traffic.

    The Boothbay Register could not obtain an update from Brunswick Police; the last public update was Aug. 25. CMMC spokesperson Ann Kim said Mackay’s condition would remain private per request of her family.