April 19, 2018
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Woman at EMMC after Hope collision

HOPE, Maine — A local woman remained in stable condition Sunday at a Bangor hospital after her car was struck by a dump truck on Route 17, according to a state trooper.

Ruth Payson, 88, was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center on Saturday morning, Maine State Police Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock said Sunday. She was injured around 8:40 a.m. when a westbound dump truck struck her Pontiac minivan as she turned onto Route 17 from Alford Lake Road, he said.

The driver of the truck, Vivan French, 74, of Weeks Mills was uninjured, Wesbrock said.

The truck had minimal damage, but the Pontiac was demolished in the collision, he said.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and were the only occupants of their vehicles, according to the trooper. He said driver inattention and failure to yield the right of way on Payson’s part were the causes of the accident.

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