Pittsfield woman injured in crash

Posted May 18, 2010, at 11:16 p.m.

TROY, Maine — A Pittsfield woman was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Tuesday night after her vehicle went off Route 9, flipped three times and pinned her underneath.

Michelle Thompson, 21, is still being evaluated but was expected to be listed in fair condition by the end of the night, said Trooper Jon Russell of Maine State Police Troop D.

“Driver distraction seems to be the major factor,” he said. “It’s just not known right now exactly what the distraction was.”

Russell said that he had just left the hospital, where he was unable to speak to Thompson but learned that she did not appear to have suffered internal injuries.

Another motorist, Mitchell Harvey, was traveling in the opposite direction at 6:30 p.m. and witnessed the crash, Russell said.

Thompson was alone in a 2000 Dodge Caravan when she ran off the road, struck an embankment and started to flip. She was ejected and was “100 percent pinned” underneath, suffering a dislocated hip and some burns on her right leg, according to the trooper.

“The burns were received as she was pinned under the vehicle from the engine heat,” Russell said.

Harvey shut off the Caravan and called 911, he said.

“Alcohol was not involved and speed doesn’t seem to be a factor,” Russell said.

Thompson apparently was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident.

Unity Rescue, the Troy Fire Department and the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office also went to the accident scene, which was cleared at 8:50 p.m., Russell said.

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