Woman rescued after car vaults over snowbank, smashes into pole in Gorham

Posted Feb. 18, 2013, at 8:36 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 18, 2013, at 8:54 p.m.

GORHAM, Maine — A woman driving on the County Road in Gorham escaped serious injury despite having her car vault over a roadside snowbank and into a telephone pole.

“A single female operator, age 32, was driving on County Road and some snow had gotten blown over the road, making it slippery, and she was also unable to see due to the glare from the sun,” said Gorham patrolman Todd Gagnon. “She lost control and hit a snowbank on the right, which shot her car upward into a telephone pole.”

The woman’s red 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier hit the pole about 3 feet up, according to Gagnon, and broke it, but the pole didn’t snap in two.

The accident occurred at 74 County Road, near the intersection of Route 114 and near the Mercy Quick Care Clinic. It was reported at 3:50 p.m. Monday.

The woman was cut out from her vehicle by Gorham Fire and Rescue personnel using the Jaws of Life to remove two doors.

“She was conscious and taken by ambulance to the hospital to be checked out,” said Gagnon, who believed she was taken to Maine Medical Center, but wasn’t certain.

Traffic was slowed and stopped as emergency workers freed the woman from the car.

“We had to close the road down for about an hour,” Gagnon said. “It was down to one lane until about 7 p.m. with CMP [Central Maine Power] working to repair the damage to the pole.”

CMP crews were still on site repairing the damage and traffic was still reduced to one lane as of 8:45 p.m. Monday.

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