An 11-year-old girl was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Friday afternoon after being hit by a car while walking on Loop Road in Searsport around 3:40 p.m.

Searsport Police Officer Eric Bonney said the girl, who lives on Loop Road, was pushing her younger brother in a stroller about 200 yards north of her home when she was hit by the car.

The girl reportedly suffered what Bonney described as a “left upper-leg fracture, and maybe other minor injuries,” and that because of the potential for internal bleeding, she was taken by ambulance to a LifeFlight helicopter landing zone on Mount Ephraim Road and then taken to EMMC.

The boy, who Bonney said was born in 2010, was apparently uninjured, though one wheel of the stroller was observed broken off at the scene of the accident. A puppy, which was with the girl at the time, may have received minor injuries as well.

Bonney said the driver, a Frankfort man, was traveling on the same side of the narrow road as the pedestrian and had moved toward the shoulder to avoid an oncoming car when he hit the girl.

“He said, ‘I just plain old didn’t see her,'” Bonney said, noting that there was no alcohol involved in the incident. “I guess driver inattention is the best explanation.”

Searsport Police and Ambulance and a deputy from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call. The driver of the car that hit the girl and the driver of the truck that had been traveling in the opposite direction both stopped to help and family members of the girl were present at the scene.