WINSLOW, Maine — An Oakland woman was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to a Lewiston hospital with serious injuries Wednesday afternoon after her car drifted into the path of an oncoming dump truck, according to a Winslow police lieutenant.
The woman was trapped in her severely damaged vehicle nearly an hour before crews could extract her.
Emergency crews were called to China Road around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to reports of a head-on motor vehicle crash. Winslow police Lt. Josh Veilleux said Wednesday night that he was the first on scene.
Veilleux found a Mazda 626 with a “massive amount of damage” and a Pike Industries dump truck fully loaded with asphalt.
The driver of the car, a 40-year-old Oakland woman, was alert but in pain, according to Veilleux. The woman’s name has not yet been released because police are still working to notify her family.
She was placed in a LifeFlight helicopter headed to Central Maine Medical Center shortly after it arrived around 4:30 p.m. The helicopter took off around 5:15 p.m.
Based on the initial crash scene reconstruction, Veilleux said it appears the driver of the westbound Mazda crossed the centerline as she was heading downhill toward the dump truck. The driver of the truck, Davide Greene, 55, of Plymouth, saw the car coming and locked up the dump truck’s brakes, but could not prevent the collision, according to Veilleux. The lieutenant said Greene was not injured.
The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department will reconstruct the accident, Veilleux said.
Veilleux said it’s unclear, based on the initial investigation, what caused the crash. He said it’s too early to tell whether distraction played a role, but did say the Mazda driver’s cellphone was zipped up inside her purse at the scene, so it’s unlikely that was a factor.
Rescue workers closed off about a mile of China Road, Route 137, from the intersection with Nowell Road to the intersection with North Pond Road, for several hours.