BREWER, Maine — An Orrington woman and her baby daughter escaped injury Tuesday when the Jeep they were in skidded on railroad tracks and tipped over onto its side.
Renee Pillsbury, 27, and her daughter, who will turn 1 next month, were a bit shaken after the incident but otherwise were fine, likely because both were safely secured in the vehicle when the accident happened, Pillsbury said in a telephone interview after the accident.
“I could see me getting hurt but not my beautiful little daughter,” said Pillsbury, who asked that her daughter’s name be withheld because of her age.
As soon as the Jeep came to a rest on its driver’s side, she said, “I unbuckled myself immediately and went to unbuckle her. She did cry a little but I think she was more just scared,” she said, adding, “she‘s a good girl. She’s happy as long as she’s with Mommy.”
Brewer police Sgt. Arden Jones said the accident occurred about 1:35 p.m. on State Street as Pillsbury was headed toward the Penobscot River Bridge to Bangor.
As Pillsbury attempted to drive around a vehicle stopped ahead of her, the tires of her 1998 Jeep Cherokee slipped on protective rubber padding along the railroad tracks just before the bridge, he said.
Jones said that after the Jeep slid into the oncoming lane, Pillsbury overcorrected and the vehicle tipped over, landing on its side with its nose against a nearby guardrail.
Jones said no other vehicles were involved in the accident.