Belfast woman, 79, suffers significant injuries in rollover accident

Posted Oct. 07, 2013, at 5:27 p.m.

LIBERTY, Maine — Police said that a woman suffered serious injuries Saturday afternoon in a car accident on the Pinnacle Road.

Ernest Farris, 78, of Belfast was driving north when he veered out of his lane and lost control of the vehicle, according to a report from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. The 2007 Saturn went off the left shoulder of the road, then struck a rock and careened back across both lanes. The car hit the ditch and then rolled over, coming to rest on its roof.

When police and rescuers arrived at the accident scene, Farris had managed to get out of the vehicle but his wife, Minnie Farris, 79, was still inside. Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said Monday that she wasn’t pinned in the car, but rescuers still waited for a backboard to arrive before they moved her.

According to the police reports, she suffered “incapacitating” injuries, with bones broken around her body and lacerations on her face. Trafton said that rescuers at the scene did not believe the injuries were life-threatening. Ernest Farris complained of neck pain. Both were taken to a hospital to be treated, although Trafton said it was not clear which hospital.

Police did not know why the driver had lost control of the car. Members of Liberty Rescue, Tri-County Rescue and Montville Rescue also assisted at the scene.

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