Chester woman dies after LaGrange crash

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 2:55 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 30, 2011, at 6:15 p.m.

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LAGRANGE, Maine — A Chester woman found unresponsive inside her car Monday afternoon after losing control of her vehicle on Medford Road and landing upside down in Cold Brook later died at the hospital.

Angela Lee Langerak, 41, was found inside the overturned and partially submerged car about an hour or so after the crash, Stephen McCausland, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman, said Tuesday.

The destroyed 2005 Pontiac Bonneville was discovered around 6 p.m. by a man driving down the road in the opposite direction, said Maine State Police Trooper Paul White, who is leading the investigation.

The man didn’t have a cellphone so “he immediately turned around and went to the nearest residence and used a land line to call 911,” White said.

The crash occurred when “she was starting to negotiate the corner and for some unknown reason failed to negotiate the corner,” the trooper said. “She was heading south on the Medway Road and for some unknown reason left the roadway, went into the stream bed, struck some rocks and flipped over.”

Her car was found partially submerged, he said.

The rural roadway is dirt in places but is paved in the area where Langerak left the road, White said.

The woman’s name was not released until after 2 p.m. because “she didn’t have an ID with her and police [were] still trying to figure out who she was” Tuesday morning, LaGrange Fire Chief Joseph Baker said.

The fire chief said Langerak lost control of her car about a mile from the Medford town line after going over a set of old railroad tracks.

“The vehicle ended up upside down in the brook,” Baker said.

Firefighters got Langerak out of the vehicle and started CPR, the fire chief said. Once the local ambulance arrived, she was immediately taken to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, where she was pronounced dead, Baker and White said.

“My guess is she was going too fast and it flipped over,” the fire chief said of the woman’s car, which “went head over” before landing in the brook.

State police and Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to the scene along with local fire and rescue personnel. The state medical examiner’s office also is investigating, White said. Officials are looking into whether the car had mechanical problems or if Langerak had any medical problems that may have contributed to the crash.

“There were no indicators at the scene of alcohol or drugs,” the trooper said.

A crisis intervention meeting for all members of the LaGrange Volunteer Fire Department who went to the fatal call is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the station.

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