RAYMOND, Maine — A 6-month-old infant and his mother are lucky to be alive after a collision in Cumberland County on Thursday afternoon, according to police.
Chynna Blaney, 19, of Raymond was heading eastbound on Ledge Hill Road around 4:30 p.m. and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of North Raymond Road and collided with Angie Horler, 35, of New Gloucester, according to Capt. Don Goulet of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
Blaney was operating a Toyota Corolla and Horler a Ford F-150 pickup truck, according to Goulet.
Goulet said Blaney was en route to her mother’s house and was taking an unfamiliar route and using a navigational system when the crash occurred.
“This could’ve been a lot worse,” said Goulet.
Goulet said the use of the navigational system caused Blaney to miss the stop sign.
Despite the fact that the infant was secured in a child safety seat, the impact ejected him from the vehicle, according to Goulet. The boy landed in soft snow about 25 feet from where Blaney’s vehicle came to rest, the captain said. Horler checked on her own kids, ages 2 and 5, then ran into the woods to check on Blaney’s baby. She located him in nearby woods.
Goulet said it’s unclear how the baby was ejected from the vehicle, and he has contacted the National Highway Safety Board to check out the baby’s child safety seat.
Horler, who did not suffer serious injuries in the crash, was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment and released.
Blaney and her infant were taken to Maine Medical Center for treatment of serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. Blaney has since been released, according to Goulet, while the baby remains in the hospital.
Goulet said that Blaney will likely be summoned for distracted driving and running the stop sign.