Waterboro woman dies in Hollis crash

A Nissan Sentra (right)that left the road and hit a car and a house Friday is pictured. The woman driving the car, Ruth McLeod, later died at the hospital.
York County Sheriff's Office
A Nissan Sentra (right)that left the road and hit a car and a house Friday is pictured. The woman driving the car, Ruth McLeod, later died at the hospital.
Posted April 15, 2012, at 5:46 a.m.

HOLLIS, Maine — A Waterboro woman died Saturday morning when her vehicle left the road and collided with a fence, a pickup truck and a house.

Ruth McLeod, 85, of Waterboro was driving north on Plains Road, just past the Route 117 intersection, about 10 a.m. when her 2007 Nissan Sentra left the roadway, according to a statement from the York County Sheriff’s Department.

According to two witnesses, McLeod’s vehicle veered onto the property at 16 Plains Road, struck a stump that appeared to catapult the vehicle forward, knocking down a fence, and then collided with a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup truck, which was parked, police stated.

The vehicle continued and struck the residence at 20 Plains Road, police said, but the owner of the home was not inside at the time.

McLeod was extricated from the vehicle by Hollis Fire and Rescue and taken to Maine Medical Center, where she later died of her injuries, police said.

An accident reconstructionist has been called in to assist, police said, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

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