Woman impaled by tree limb remains in critical condition

Posted July 10, 2011, at 6:52 p.m.
Last modified July 11, 2011, at 4:09 p.m.

SANGERVILLE, Maine — A Dover-Foxcroft woman who was impaled by a branch from a large tree that fell during a heavy thundershower on July 6 continues to remain in critical condition.

Rory Schmand, 47, had been traveling alone on Douty Hill Road at about 6:30 p.m. when a large limb fell during the storm. The limb broke through the windshield of Schmand’s Ford Explorer, and impaled her in the head.

A nursing supervisor said Sunday that Schmand remains in critical condition.

Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department, who responded to the accident, said Schmand had been impaled between her eyes.

The accident was witnessed by a resident who had been outside gathering up toys during the storm, Dow said. He told police he heard a crack and saw the large limb fall into the road and the branch go through the windshield of Schmand’s vehicle.