LINCOLN, Maine — A Medford woman was in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor late Friday after she was seriously injured in a head-on collision on Route 6, officials said.
Susan Wass, 59, of Medford was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to EMMC after an ambulance took her to Penobscot Valley Hospital. The other driver in the accident, Elaine Scott, 66, of Springfield, was treated and released from PVH, a hospital spokesman said.
The accident occurred at about 12:50 p.m. when the 2007 Chevy SUV Wass was driving crossed the centerline on Route 6 near Caribou Lane and collided with a westbound 1995 Chevy pickup truck driven by Scott, according to Police Chief William Flagg said.
With help from PVH paramedics, who also were treating Scott, Lincoln firefighters had to cut Wass very gingerly from the SUV with a Jaws of Life rescue tool and other equipment. The work took at least 15 minutes.
Both vehicles had air bags that deployed and both drivers appeared to be wearing seat belts, Flagg said.
Because of the severity of the injuries and seriousness of the accident, Flagg, a former detective with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, is handling the investigation. He will be assisted by Officer David Peters, Sgt. Kevin Giberson, and a state police accident reconstructionist, Trooper Larry Anderson, Flagg said.
The investigation is expected to take several weeks.