An 80-year-old Knox woman is being treated at a Portland hospital for injuries she sustained when she was struck by a vehicle while walking Jan. 6.

According to Waldo County Chief Deputy Bob Keating, Caroline Barnes of Knox was walking along Route 220 approaching the Route 137 intersection just before 5 p.m. Keating said Barnes commonly walks that route, and she often wears a bright orange vest to make herself visible to oncoming traffic.

Keating said Barnes was wearing the vest Jan. 6, but it was very dark, and according to the accident report, Barnes was walking near the center line towards the southbound shoulder when the accident occurred.

As Barnes was walking, 54-year-old Leslie Peters of Thorndike was traveling southbound when she spotted Barnes in the road. Peters reportedly hit her brakes and swerved in an attempt to avoid Barnes, but she was unable to avoid striking the woman. Keating said Peters struck Barnes with the driver’s side front fender.

The accident report from Deputy Dave Mushrall indicated that the impact threw Barnes about 30 feet from the vehicle.

Along with Mushrall, Sgt. Dale Brown and Detective Matt Curtis, who happened onto the accident on his way home, assisted at the scene.

Barnes was transported by Unity Ambulance to Thayer Hospital in Waterville, and from there she was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to a Portland hospital, Keating said.

“It doesn’t appear that speed or alcohol were factors; it’s just one of those tragic things that can happen on a dark night,” said Keating.