63-year-old Nova Scotia woman dies after I-95 crash in Edinburg

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 31, 2011, at 3:54 p.m.

EDINBURG, Maine — A 63-year-old Nova Scotia woman who was a passenger died in a one-car crash on Interstate 95 in Edinburgh on Saturday.

State Police said Aizhi Gao from Halifax was the last person to die on Maine roads in 2011.

The car was driven by her daughter, Xiao Lin Deng, 40, also from Halifax, who lost control while passing another vehicle, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety wrote in a press release.

The car skidded across both northbound lanes and struck a tree off the breakdown lane. The impact with the tree was at the rear passenger door where Gao was sitting. She died upon arrival to the hospital in Lincoln.

No one else in the car was injured.

Trooper Tucker Bonnevie said the likely cause of the crash was driving too fast for conditions.

Maine State Police troopers were called to the accident at mile marker 214 on Interstate 95 Saturday afternoon.

Initial reports were that one vehicle went off the highway about 3 p.m. Saturday.

A winter weather advisory remained in effect until 7 p.m. north of Old Town, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.

Sleet and freezing rain mixed with snow at times was possible with accumulations of 1 to 2 inches along with 1/10 to ¼ inch of ice.

BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.

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