SANGERVILLE, Maine — A Dover-Foxcroft woman remained in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on Friday after being impaled by a tree branch that fell onto her vehicle during a heavy thunderstorm Wednesday evening.
Rory Schmand, 47, was driving a Ford Explorer on Douty Hill Road in Sangerville at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when a tree fell during the storm. A branch from the tree broke through Schmand’s windshield and impaled her between the eyes, according to Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. Schmand was airlifted to EMMC after the accident.
The thunderstorm, which was accompanied by high winds, caused power outages throughout much of the state. At the peak of the storm, about 18,000 customers were affected in Central Maine Power Co.’s coverage area, about 6,078 of them in Kennebec County, according to CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice.
She said that about 3,500 CMP customers were still without power on Thursday. Rice said the damage was caused by trees and tree limbs that fell onto the power lines and poles.
Susan Faloon of Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. said that about 415 customers were still affected Thursday by power outages, mostly in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. Most of the power outages were in the Milo and Bowerbank areas.
Both Rice and Faloon said they expected that power would be restored by Thursday evening.