Searsport woman breaks back in high-speed crash

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, at 8:29 p.m.

SEARSPORT, Maine — A local woman broke her back when her car went airborne, struck a tree and crashed Saturday night, according to police.

Regina Curtis, 61, of Searsport was driving her 2001 Isuzu SUV on Mount Ephraim Road at “a high rate of speed” when, for some unknown reason, the car became airborne, Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye said Monday. A tree limb about 20 feet high was broken off by the vehicle, he said.

The SUV crashed on its side and when police arrived the woman had crawled out of the vehicle and was sitting by the side of the road. She had broken ribs and a broken back, LaHaye said. Curtis was brought to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast and then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where she remained in fair condition on Monday night.

The case is still under investigation, LaHaye said.

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