EASTPORT, Maine — A local woman was seriously injured about 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer truck on Route 190.
Pauline Kelley, 58, of Eastport was briefly pinned in her vehicle and was extricated by the Perry Fire Department. She was then taken by ambulance to Calais Regional Hospital and transferred by LifeFlight Air Ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Interim police Chief Frank Gardner said Wednesday that Kelley’s injuries were “very, very serious” but not considered life-threatening.
Although the crash remains under investigation, Gardner said it appeared that Kelley’s Ford Excursion, which was headed into Eastport on Route 190, drifted into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer near the Clark Road intersection. He said speed and alcohol do not appear to have been factors, and there were no indications that Kelley attempted to avoid the collision.
The truck driver tried to stop, Gardner said, but was unable to avoid hitting the SUV.
The truck was owned by Stanhope Trucking of Robbinston and had just delivered pulp from Woodland Pulp LLC to the port of Eastport. The truck driver, Martin Cooke, 41, of Baileyville was uninjured.
Both vehicles sustained extensive damage. Kelley’s SUV was considered destroyed as the front end of the tractor-trailer was embedded in the engine nearly to the passenger compartment. Police remained on the scene until nearly midnight, Gardner said, both to reconstruct the crash and remove the vehicles.
Gardner said Jeff McFarlin of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department conducted the reconstruction. Gardner said the Eastport Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Pleasant Point Police, Maine State Police, Perry and Eastport Fire Departments and Down East EMS.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the age of the crash victim. Pauline Kelley is 58, not 50.