PENOBSCOT, Maine — A Blue Hill woman was in serious condition Tuesday after she was injured in a late-night accident on Route 15 Monday.
According to Deputy Ben Astbury of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Sylvia Martin, 38, was traveling north on Route 15 (Front Ridge Road) at about 9:30 p.m. Monday. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed near the intersection with Back Ridge Road when it drifted off the road onto the shoulder. The vehicle struck a driveway culvert and a utility pole, rolled over and then flipped end over end twice before it came to rest on its wheels on the side of the road.
Martin was ejected from the vehicle.
According to Penobscot Fire Chief Dennis Robertson, firefighters searched the area to make sure no one else had been ejected from the car.
“The first thing we did was make a sweep of both sides of the road,” Robertson said.
Both speed and alcohol were factors in the accident, according to Astbury.
Martin was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where she remained in serious condition Monday night.
The accident knocked out power to much of the town of Penobscot for several hours. A utility crew from Central Maine Power was able to restore power to much of the town by 11:15 p.m., but some customers remained without power until the damaged utility pole could be replaced.