PALMYRA, Maine — Lewiston woman suffered serious hand injuries Monday morning when she fell asleep and lost control of her van on Interstate 95 in Palmyra.
Emily St. Pierre, 19, was saved from more serious injury because she was wearing a seat belt and her 2002 Dodge Cara-van had air bags that deployed, Maine State Trooper Bruce Scott said.
Scott said St. Pierre was driving north around mile marker 156 when she fell asleep and drifted into the median. “She then woke up and steered the van back onto the road but she entered it sideways. Her tires gripped [the pavement] and she rolled over several times,” Scott said. The car landed back on its wheels.
Scott said two motorists witnessed St. Pierre in the median and were able to slow down to avoid striking her van when it re-entered I-95. “She had the road to herself for a while there,” Scott said.
“It certainly made a huge difference,” Scott said, that St. Pierre was wearing her seat belt and the van’s airbags deployed. He was assisted at the scene by Sebasticook Valley Ambulance, and Pittsfield and Newport fire departments.