Woman hurt in Skowhegan collision with big rig

Posted Dec. 29, 2010, at 2:50 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Canaan woman was hospitalized after colliding with a tractor-trailer truck Tuesday morning.

Marie Forbus, 55, was initially taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan before being taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Skowhegan Deputy Police Chief Rick Bonneau. A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday that Forbus’ condition had been upgraded from serious to fair.

According Bonneau, Forbus was traveling east on U.S. Route 2 about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. As she approached Lake George and the Skowhegan-Canaan town line, Forbus came upon a slow-moving line of traffic that was following a plow truck. She was unable to slow down in time and veered into a snowbank to the right of the road. The crash sent her Suzuki sport utility vehicle into the westbound lane and into the path of a tractor-trailer truck owned by Land-Air Express. The truck’s trailer was nearly empty, according to Bonneau.

Forbus had to be extricated from her vehicle. The driver of the big rig, Kevin Duncan of Hudson, was not injured. Bonneau said Route 2 was closed for several hours while the accident scene was cleaned up and a crash reconstructionist could investigate the accident.

The truck had front-end damage and the Suzuki was totaled. No charges are expected to result from the accident, said Bonneau.

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