Car swerves, hits guardrail, rolls over in Amherst crash

Posted July 07, 2009, at 8:51 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:04 p.m.

AMHERST, Maine — A Charlotte woman was injured Tuesday afternoon in a rollover crash on Route 9.

According to Sgt. Tim Varney of the Maine State Police, Jodi Thomas, 40, was headed west on Route 9 about 2 p.m. when she came up behind a vehicle that had pulled out of the Amherst General Store onto the road.

Thomas swerved her 2000 Lincoln Continental and went around the vehicle on the left, overcorrected, swerved back to the right and struck a guardrail. Thomas’ vehicle rolled completely over and landed on its wheels in the middle of the westbound lane.

Thomas’ vehicle did not strike the 2004 Toyota Camry driven by Daniel Dodge, 63, of Augusta, which had pulled out from the store.

Thomas was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where she was treated and released. According to Varney, she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Both air bags in the vehicle deployed. The car was considered a total loss.

Speed and poor visibility appeared to be factors in the crash, the officer said in press release.

A golden retriever service dog that had been in Thomas’ vehicle ran away from the scene. The dog’s name is Shadow and anyone who sees or finds it is asked to call 859-0211 or 859-0620.

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