LEWISTON — A Sabattus woman died Friday morning when the SUV she was driving rear-ended a garbage truck at the intersection of Sabattus Street and Randall Road.
Danielle Perrier, 33, was traveling west when she crashed into the back of a recycling truck owned by Pine Tree Waste and driven by John Lizotte, who was stopped at a red light, police said.
A dozen or more fire, rescue and police crews from Auburn, Lewiston and United Ambulance responded to the accident scene shortly after 10:30 a.m.
Rescue crews had to dismantle the Ford SUV to extricate Perrier. Her two children — a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl — suffered minor injuries. They were removed quickly from the vehicle and were treated and released, police said.
Three doors, the roof and seats of the SUV were removed during the extrication process. A child's car seat was removed along with a red and yellow Little Tykes toy car.
Perrier was taken to Central Maine Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, police said.
Lewiston police officers investigated the scene through the morning. State Police also responded because a commercial vehicle was involved in the accident. And because it was a fatality, it was reconstructed.
Police said they did not know why Perrier drove into the truck, and no citation was issued. Sabattus Street east of Randall Road was closed for some time while police were at the scene.