Two taken to hospital after Pittsfield crash

Posted Feb. 23, 2009, at 11:28 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Two people were taken to a hospital after a driver lost control in slush, crossed the road and crashed her van head-on into a tree Monday police said.

Pittsfield police Officer Jeremy Leal said the early afternoon accident occurred on Peltoma Avenue, just east of the town’s transfer station.

Patricia Gerry, 46, of Troy was driving a late-model Dodge Caravan toward Pittsfield when she lost control in slushy conditions, crossed into the opposite lane, slammed through a snowbank and struck a tree.

Gerry and a 1-year-old infant in a car seat were uninjured.

Two other passengers, Anthony Gerry, 46, and Amber Nayok, 22, the infant’s mother, were taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital for treatment of neck and back injuries.

The snowbank broke the momentum of the crash, Leal said, which was fortunate for the occupants. All were wearing seat belts, he said.

Leal was assisted at the scene by the Pittsfield Fire Department.

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