Drugs suspected in Route 1 crash that leaves driver in critical conditionDriver remains hospitalized
Belfast — A driver is in critical condition at a Bangor Hospital after vehicle slammed into a pickup truck the evening of Wednesday, April 23.
Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said the female driver, whose name is not being released because she is 17 years old, occurred at 7:10 p.m. after her four-door sedan struck a pickup truck that was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Route 1 and the on ramp to High Street.
McFadden said the 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 woman's vehicle.
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. As of Tuesday, April 29, McFadden said she remained in critical condition.
McFadden said the crash is still under investigation. However, McFadden said he believes at this time drugs were a factor in the crash.
Based on markings observed on the woman's vehicle, McFadden said it appears she lost control prior to striking the pickup truck. He said damage to the vehicle showed the girl struck guardrails and a bridge abutment on Route 1 before she hit the the truck.
The driver of the pickup truck was taken to Waldo County General Hospital where he was treated and released.