May 27, 2018
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Rumford boy hospitalized after mom drives into swamp

By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal

WILTON, Maine — A Rumford boy was taken to a Farmington hospital after the car he was riding in went off Route 2 near Pond Road and into a swamp Monday morning, Wilton police Sgt. Richard Billian Jr. said.

The 2002 Ford Focus, driven by the boy’s mother, Megan McLean, 26, of Rumford, was heading east toward Farmington when the car got into the soft shoulder, he said. McLean went to get out of the shoulder by going to the left and overcorrected. The car crossed the center line, she tried to steer the car into her lane, and it went to the right — into a swamp, Billian said.

The mud went up to the undercarriage of the car, he said.

McLean was able to get out, and a passerby stopped to give McLean a hand to get her son out of his child safety seat, Billian said.

The boy complained of neck and back pain and was taken by a NorthStar Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. Billian said when he visited him at the hospital he seemed fine.

East Dixfield and Wilton firefighters responded to the scene.

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