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Maine woman seriously injured in Woolwich crash

Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Route 1 in Woolwich was closed for about three-and-a-half hours Monday following a crash that seriously injured a Westport Island woman.

WOOLWICH, Maine — A Westport Island woman remained in serious condition at Maine Medical Center Tuesday following a crash Monday that closed Route 1 in Woolwich for about three-and-a-half hours.

Just before 11:30 a.m. Monday, emergency crews were called to Route 1 near the northern intersection of George Wright Road for a crash involving a Ford Focus and a tractor-trailer that completely blocked the road, according to Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry.

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A 2009 Ford Focus driven by Gail MacLaren, 57, was turning south from George Wright Road onto Route 1 when MacLaren’s Ford entered the path of a southbound tractor-trailer driven by Peter Grinnell, 37, of Farmingdale, according to police.

Grinnell was not injured.

MacLaren was extricated from the Ford by Woolwich Fire and EMS. She was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with serious but not life-threatening injuries. She was listed in serious condition at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a hospital spokesman.

Merry said Tuesday that investigators believe MacLaren may have been impaired by alcohol, and that snow-covered roads may also have contributed to the crash.

Deputies and the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit continue to investigate the crash.

Route 1 was closed to traffic for about three-and-a-half hours and reopened about 3 p.m. Traffic was rerouted onto secondary roads in Woolwich.

North East Mobile Health Services also assisted at the scene.


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