Howland woman injured when car flips on Route 6

Posted May 10, 2009, at 10:17 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:19 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — An unidentified Howland woman suffered head injuries in a crash Saturday that she and her dog were lucky to survive, police said.

The woman was driving with her dog southwest on Lee Road just after 5 p.m. Saturday when her car sideswiped a van heading northeast, flipped twice — possibly end-to-end — and just missed hitting a house and a white birch tree, Lincoln Police Sgt. Kevin Giberson said.

The dog, whose name no one had and whose breed firefighters could not identify, was twice lucky, for witnesses said he was almost hit by Route 6 traffic several times after the accident, but appeared unhurt.

“That little dog was terrified,” said Holly Leighton, 56, of 181 Lee Road after the car hit a small berm and flipped, landing about 10 feet shy of her one-story home. “He ran into the street until a friend of my husband’s grabbed him.”

The Leightons also considered themselves fortunate, Holly Leighton said.

Recovering from a right foot broken when she was helping her husband Michael do work around the house, Leighton said they were watching television at shortly after 5 p.m. when she heard squealing tires.

Michael Leighton, whose chair was next to their living room window, suddenly stood up and yelled, “Oh my God! That car’s going to hit the house!” as the vehicle went off the road, his wife said.

Once the crash occurred, Leighton, 49, threw on his shoes and ran out to help the woman, who told him, “I was on the damn phone!” just before the accident occurred, his wife said.

“She also was concerned about her dog,” Holly Leighton said.

The woman was bleeding from her face and head. A Penobscot Valley Hospital ambulance took her to the Lincoln hospital, said Dottie Hammond, a call firefighter with the Lincoln Fire Department who cradled the dog after the accident.

The driver of the van, a Lincoln woman, was unhurt, according to Giberson. Her vehicle appeared to have sustained only minor damage.

Giberson said it was too early to tell what caused the accident. His investigation continues.

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