Car seats save two children in ‘horrendous’ Belfast crash that badly injured mother

Posted Aug. 19, 2013, at 12:42 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 19, 2013, at 4:43 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Police say that it’s a miracle no one was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle crash that caused a two-hour-long power outage in the neighborhood and serious injuries to the driver.

Jennifer Lambeth, 29, of Winterport had been driving a Chevrolet Avalanche truck on Back Searsport Road with her two small children as passengers about 2:20 p.m. when she lost control, according to Sgt. John Gibbs of the Belfast Police Department. The truck rolled several times before hitting a telephone pole and breaking it off, then rolled a couple more times before coming to a halt.

Lambeth was thrown from the vehicle and suffered extensive injuries including broken arms, legs, pelvis and back, Gibbs said. She was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor to receive treatment.

The children — a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old, were strapped into their car seats and suffered minor injuries. They were taken to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, where they were treated and then released, Gibbs said.

The truck was totaled, Gibbs said.

“It was a horrendous crash,” Gibbs said. “It was fortunate it wasn’t a fatality.”

Neighbors reported to police that the snapped utility pole caused a two-hour-long power outage. Police also closed the road for about an hour while emergency responders worked at the scene of the crash, which remains under investigation.

Police on Monday received authorization for a search warrant to obtain Lambeth’s blood tests from the hospital.

Belfast Fire and Ambulance helped at the scene. Searsport Police Department officials helped with traffic control, Gibbs said.

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