June 22, 2018
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Woman severs thumb while trying to stop rolling vehicle in Brewer

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — A 51-year-old Bangor woman who stopped Monday morning for gas at the Big Apple convenience store on North Main Street suffered a severed thumb when she tried to stop her rolling vehicle, Brewer police Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt said.

“She tried to stop her vehicle, which wasn’t in gear, and the door closed on her thumb,” the deputy chief said.

The woman was taken to the hospital after the 9:20 a.m. accident and Officer Anthony Pinette is leading the investigation, Moffitt said.

The thumb was recovered and was transported to the hospital with the woman.

“I don’t know if they can reattach it or not,” Moffitt said.

Brewer Fire Department was called to the scene at around 10 a.m. to clean up gasoline that spilled when the gas nozzle was ripped from the rolling vehicle, said Deputy Fire Chief Ralph Cammack.

“Ten gallons or better went on the ground,” he said. “They put a bunch of Speedy Dry down on it and they have most of it absorbed.”

The state’s Department of Environmental Protection is called in whenever a fuel spill exceeds 10 gallons, Cammack said.

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