June 23, 2018
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Bangor police, fire respond to rollover that trapped driver near EMMC

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A minivan and SUV collided at the intersection of State and Otis streets on Saturday afternoon, and the impact was hard enough to roll the SUV over and trap the female driver inside.

Even so, “There was no serious PI [personal injury],” Officer Joe Baillargeon said from the scene.

The collision occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Orrington resident Mary Richards, 51, was driving the Subaru Forester SUV, Lt. Tom Reagan said Sunday. She was able to get out of her vehicle through the back with assistance from firefighters, an Affiliated Lab employee named Vanessa said.

She said she witnessed the collision and stopped to talk to the driver until rescue crews arrived.

“I was just talking to her and making sure overall she was OK,” the witness said. “I was trying to keep her calm.”

Ava Bubar, 76, was driving the minivan, Reagan said. She could be heard saying, “They thought they had the green light and I thought I had the green light” as she was getting personal items out of her Chrysler minivan.

Both of her vehicle’s air bags had deployed, the front bumper and right headlight were crushed and the windshield was smashed.

The collision is still under investigation, Reagan said.

“Can you believe she walked into that ambulance?” the lab employee said to Jason Drost of Ellsworth, who also saw the crash, just as the ambulance left the scene.

Holden Town Manager John Butts said he didn’t see the collision, but stopped anyway to make sure everyone was OK.

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