Driver recovers from injuries suffered in Route 1 crash
Belfast — The driver involved in a two-vehicle crash on Route 1 in Belfast has been released from the hospital.
Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said the 17-year-old driver, who crashed her four-door sedan into a pickup truck stopped on the High Street on-ramp to Route 1 Wednesday, April 23, recovered from the injuries she suffered and was released from Eastern Maine Medical Center late last week.
The young woman's vehicle was traveling north on Route 1 when it traveled over a curb before hitting the pickup truck on the driver's side. After the impact, witnesses to the crash saw what they believed to be smoke coming from the passenger compartment of the vehicle, according to previously published reports.
Witnesses were able to pull the woman from the vehicle, at which time they discovered she was unconscious and not breathing, McFadden said.
The smoke the witnesses saw in the vehicle was actually dust from the air bag being deployed, McFadden said.
When officers arrived, witnesses had started CPR on the teen before police took over. McFadden said in addition to CPR, officers used an automated external defibrillator on the woman as well.
The girl was taken to Waldo County General Hospital where her condition improved to the point that she could be transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center. The woman was still listed in critical condition as of early last week, McFadden said.
McFadden said the crash is still under investigation and declined to comment on whether any charges would be filed against the driver. He previously said drugs were a suspected factor in the crash.