80-year-old driver escapes serious injury in Jonesboro accident

Posted Jan. 25, 2013, at 6:35 p.m.

JONESBORO, Maine — Barbara Drisko, 80, of Columbia Falls escaped serious injury Friday when she was forced off the roadway just before noon on Route 1 near Bluebird Drive in Jonesboro, according to police.

Drisko was northbound on Route 1 when a vehicle passed her on a hill in a no passing zone, said Maine State Police Trooper Staci Carpenter.

“She went to the extreme right of the roadway,” Carpenter said. “She said she went too far, overcorrected and lost control of her vehicle, coming to rest against a guardrail.”

Drisko was wearing a seat belt, Carpenter said, and the air bags deployed in the 1996 Lincoln Town Car she was driving. She was transported by ambulance to Down East Community Hospital in Machias, where she was treated for minor injuries.

The vehicle that passed her illegally, triggering the accident, did not slow down, Drisko told Carpenter. The trooper said Drisko was unable to provide a description of the vehicle.

The Machias and Jonesboro fire departments assisted at the accident scene.