BELFAST, Maine — A woman who fell asleep at the wheel and drove off Route 3 on Saturday morning was very fortunate, according to police, who indicated she came within inches of smashing head-on into a pine tree.
Joyce Mosher, 67, of Palermo was driving close to the Belmont town line when she went off the road into thick foliage and trees, according to Officer Eric Kelley of the Belfast Police Department. Mosher, who had been driving at about the 55 miles per hour speed limit when she fell asleep, hit the tree in her Subaru Legacy station wagon, Kelley said. The tree caved in the car’s passenger side, but Mosher suffered relatively minor injuries, including cracked ribs and a broken knee cap.
Kelley said Mosher also was lucky that somebody saw her go off the road, because the underbrush was so thick it would have been unlikely another driver would have seen the crashed vehicle. First responders from Belfast used the Jaws of Life to cut Mosher out of the wrecked vehicle.
“She’s really lucky,” Kelley said.