NEWBURGH, Maine — Two motorists were injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision on Western Avenue.
The license of one of the drivers had just been suspended, authorities said.
Though both drivers were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine State Police Trooper Forrest Simpson said that neither driver’s injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
Both vehicles also hit a guy wire connected to a utility pole, temporarily knocking out power in the area.
The accident happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. when a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Kimberley Cunningham, 25, of Dixmont drove over a small hill and struck the rear end of a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Diana Cram, 63, of Dixmont, Simpson said.
The impact from the crash caused Cram’s car to travel into a ditch, where the car overturned, Simpson said. He said that Cram briefly was trapped upside down by her seat belt but managed to climb out of the car.
Simpson said that Cram complained of abdominal pain at the accident scene. She was treated and then released, a hospital nursing supervisor said.
The truck also left the roadway, coming to a rest on its side on a lawn at 2168 Western Ave. with its roof facing the road, Simpson said. He said Cunningham, whose license was suspended on Wednesday for driving violations, was ejected from the pickup through its rear window.
He said it did not appear that she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and that she complained of back pain.
A hospital nursing supervisor said Cunningham still was being evaluated late Thursday night.
Simpson said that evidence from the investigation suggests that Cunningham was driving under the influence when the accident happened.
“She was very lucky that this was not a fatality,” the trooper said.
Speed also is believed to have been a factor in the crash, Simpson said.
Simpson said that another motorist who was not involved in the accident reported that the pickup truck driver had passed him in Dixmont shortly before the crash.
Simpson said the witness estimated that the pickup was traveling a high rate of speed when in passed his vehicle.
Both vehicles had extensive damage, he said, adding that the pickup Cunningham was driving belonged to her mother, who told him that Cunningham did not have permission to drive it.
Bangor police Sgt. Bob Bishop confirmed Thursday that Cunningham was charged with OUI by a Bangor police officer on Aug. 14, but said that the case had not yet gone to court.
With regard to Thursday’s crash, Simpson said charges against Cunningham are pending and could include operating after suspension and operating under the influence.