St. Albans woman taken by LifeFlight after single-car crash

Posted Feb. 21, 2013, at 3:49 p.m.

ST. ALBANS, Maine — A local woman was taken to a hospital by LifeFlight helicopter after crashing her car early Thursday morning, according to police.

Michelle Richard, 32, of St. Albans was traveling north on Nokomis Road when she lost control of her car and left the roadway after rounding a corner, according to Somerset County Sheriff’s Department Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi.

“The [1996] Toyota hit the end of the guardrail on the driver’s side, totaling the Toyota,” said Gottardi. “Due to the impact of the guardrail, the driver and only occupant in the Toyota, was trapped inside the Toyota.”

Richard was freed from the car using the Jaws of Life by the St. Albans and Hartland fire departments. She was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

“The driver appeared to have possible severe leg and head injuries,” said Gottardi.

Gottardi said speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Maine State Trooper Jesse Duda assisted Somerset County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Michael Ross at the scene.

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