Police are crediting a local man for freeing a woman whose vehicle rolled over and caught fire after it was involved in an accident on Route 1 Wednesday morning, Nov. 2.

Lt. Jason Trundy with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said the bystander, who was later identified as Lenny Maker, lived near the accident scene and leaped into action when he saw the woman’s vehicle catch fire. The two-car accident occurred at about 10 a.m.

“He jumped into the back window and undid the lady’s seat belt so she could get out of the vehicle,” said Trundy, adding that it is unusual for a bystander to step in and assist at a crash scene. “He deserves a big kudos.”

Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said the accident occurred when a vehicle that was being operated by Judith Krell swerved over the centerline and struck an oncoming vehicle that was being driven by Karen Simmons of Lincolnville. A town of residence for Krell was not indicated in the narrative for the accident report, Trafton said.

Krell was pulled from the burning vehicle was loaded into an ambulance at the scene, Trundy said, but she was conscious, talking with rescue workers and appeared to be OK.

Trundy said the crash and subsequent vehicle rollover pulled a power line off a nearby house, which brought the line down into the road. Central Maine Power crews were working at the scene alongside Northport firefighters, first responders and the WCSO.

Traffic was backed up on Route 1 for about 30 minutes while emergency crews worked to clean up the scene.