NORTHPORT, Maine — A good Samaritan climbed into a burning car to pull the driver to safety Wednesday morning after a dramatic two-vehicle accident on Route 1, police said.
“It was a violent crash, with lots of rollovers,” Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday afternoon. “But the lady got out. The lady survived.”
The accident occurred about 10 a.m. after southbound driver Judith Krell veered into the other lane, clipping the vehicle of northbound driver Karen Simmons.
Simmons, who tried to swerve out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, placed the first emergency call, Trafton said. The preliminary police report did not show the women’s ages or towns of residence, he said.
Krell’s Subaru careened into a ditch near Family Traditions restaurant, hit the embankment and then rolled over and hit a fence. The vehicle kept on rolling over, hit a tree, hit some bigger rocks and apparently took out an overhead power line before coming to rest against a section of fence.
“The vehicle started to catch on fire,” Trafton said.
Then Lenny Maker, who was visiting a nearby home, ran over to assist the driver of the burning Subaru.
Krell told him that she was stuck in the car, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Trundy, who assisted at the scene.
“He jumps into the back of the car, undoes her seat belt, helps her get out,” Trundy said.
First responders brought Krell, who suffered minor injuries, to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.
She told deputies at the hospital that she wasn’t sure about the cause of the crash, Trafton said.
Northport firefighters, first responders and crews from Central Maine Power also assisted at the accident scene, according to officials.