DOVER-FOXCROFT, MAINE – A Hants County woman remains in a Bangor hospital with serious injuries following a car crash in Maine last Friday.
Jessica Lake-Crossley, from Hants County, is being treated for injuries to her spinal cord, a broken collarbone and more.
She was travelling through Maine with three other Hants County residents when the accident occurred.
Ryan Reardon, chief of the Dover-Foxcroft Police Department, responded to the scene. He said the four were passing through the area on the morning of March 22 when a red Ford pickup truck collided with their Honda Civic at about 9:30 a.m.
“It was reported that two vehicles were involved and that there were four occupants in one of the vehicles that were hurt. The pickup truck lost control and as the Honda crested the hill, they came into contact with the truck,” said Reardon.
“The truck was sent off-road and the Honda sustained significant damage to the vehicle — every airbag in the car went off. Four people were injured, one significantly.”
Reardon confirmed that Lake-Crossley, 25, has injuries to vertebrae, a collapsed lung, a broken collarbone, a broken breast bone and a lacerated liver.
She’s currently being treated at the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
“It was a chaotic scene. There were ambulance crews from surrounding towns, and volunteer firefighters from the Dover-Foxcroft Fire Department, who assisted with the extraction of the rear passenger, who was Jessica,” he said.
Reardon said the four Nova Scotia residents were returning from a hiking trip in the White Mountain region when the accident occurred.
The uninjured driver of the pickup truck was from Massachusetts.
“We had a pretty sudden snowstorm with some minor accumulation, with some rain and freezing rain. The plows had not had a chance to get out, they were expecting rain instead of snow,” he said.
The driver of the truck was not charged, Reardon said.
“I smelled intoxicants on him, however, he was not intoxicated. He had been drinking the night before. He was given a test and was at 0.01 blood alcohol, which is way below the 0.08 standard for driving under the influence in Maine.”
The crash occurred on the Milo Road, a few kilometres outside of the town of Dover-Foxcroft.
Reardon said there are rarely vehicle accidents in the area, and he added that most of the collisions they deal with involve deer.
He said the area is a popular destination for visitors from the Maritimes and Quebec.