Woman blacks out, crashes truck on Route 1

Posted June 23, 2010, at 4:49 p.m.

SEARSPORT, Maine — A local woman crashed her truck on Route 1 Wednesday morning after apparently blacking out behind the wheel, according to police reports.

Shaina Harvey, 22, of Searsport was not injured in the 11:15 a.m. accident, said Police Chief Richard LaHaye, but her 2000 Nissan Frontier had about $5,000 in damage.

“She remembers coming by Moose Point State Park,” LaHaye said Wednesday afternoon. “The next thing she remembered, she woke up and she had come to rest in amongst some trees just east of the park.”

Harvey also recalled following another vehicle and driving approximately the 55 mph speed limit before the crash, the chief said.

She has no known health conditions and was wearing her seat belt, he said.

Another motorist saw the accident and made a 911 call, LaHaye said. By the time Assistant Deputy Darren Moody of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene, Harvey had regained consciousness and was out of her vehicle.

She was checked out by Searsport Ambulance personnel, LaHaye said. The Searsport Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

Although neither the rainy weather nor excessive speed was responsible for this crash, it took place on a stretch of road that has caused the Police Department some worries.

“In the last 15 months, easily, it would be safe to say a dozen accidents [have happened there],” LaHaye said. “It’s a real concern.”

Several were quite severe, including a fatal five-car pileup that happened this January.

LaHaye cautioned drivers to pay attention to the changing speed limit on Route 1 east of Belfast, which moves from 35 mph to 55 mph and back down again in the space of a few miles. The road is heavily traveled, fairly built-up in spots and also hosts many pedestrians and cyclists, especially in the summer.

“To be honest, we could sit there and write violations of the speed limit all day long,” LaHaye said. “But I believe there’s common sense there and the onus is upon the licensed driver to recognize the change in speed limit and make sure the vehicle is under control.”

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