Witnesses rescue crash victim

RUMFORD — A woman injured in a Friday night crash could have ended up trapped in her vehicle for hours if not for two men who saw the accident and helped, Rumford police said Saturday.

At 11:09 p.m. Friday Laura Waugh, 28, of Norway, was driving alone on Route 2 when an animal ran in front of her car just west of McDonald's, Sgt. David Bean said.

Witnesses could not tell what kind of animal crossed her path, Bean said. “But we've had calls about a moose in that area."

Waugh swerved, lost control of her car, veered to the opposite side of the road, struck a guard rail and went airborne, Bean said.

Waugh's Mustang crashed down a steep embankment, stopping on its side in a soggy bog.

“Two young men saw it,” Bean said. “They stopped and called 911 immediately.” The two men were Justin Chambers, 19, and Ryan Seekins, 20, both of Bucksport, police said.  Chambers and Seekins scrambled down the embankment and saw the Mustang in several feet of water.

“A battery had come out of the vehicle," Bean said. "They used that to smash out a window. They got inside and pulled Miss Waugh out.”

Waugh was bruised but conscious. “She was disoriented. She couldn't tell us what happened,” Bean said.

Emergency crews arrived and took her to Rumford Hospital, where she was treated and released, police said. Waugh was wearing a seat belt and her airbag deployed.

Chambers and Seekins did a great job, Bean said. If they hadn't been there to help, “there's no telling how long that lady could have been in that vehicle. It was dark. Nobody would have seen the vehicle. She would have been trapped in there quite some time.”

Waugh's 2000 two-door Mustang was destroyed in the crash, police said.

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Nichole Martin's picture


So thankful Miss Waugh is alright.  We actually just hit a moose last week and we weren't speeding.  Oncoming traffic had slowed for the moose, but the headlights obscured the moose until it ran into our lane.  Luckily we had slowed down, even though we weren't exactly sure what we were slowing for.  With the early spring all the animals are on the move early... sometimes it has nothing to do with speed, we should all just try be aware and ready.

Janet Hampton's picture

Thank God for Angels

You guys did a great job... 

Phyllis Rand's picture

Helpful people

It's nice to know there are still people willing to help. Those two young men did a great job! Thanks for getting involved!

Audrey Alcala's picture

Always someone with a negative!

Never fails...there is always someone to post a negative when there is an accident on here! Can't be...Marooned...that she was following the speed limit and the animal ran in front of her!!! Geesh!!    First...thank God she's okay and thank God  Mr. Chambers and Mr.Seekins were her Angels   there to help.

Simon Diaz's picture

great job guys!!!! thanks for

great job guys!!!! thanks for helping!!!

Jake Smith's picture

50 miles an hour moron

hey marooned you should take one of the o,s out your name,  you must be one of those who dont use turn signals  and drive 35 in a 50  because thats what the speed limit is after mcdonalds  always something negative to say , moron

JANET MAGOON's picture


All I can say is, "Thank God for those two you men!" They were in the right place at the right time and I believe that God put them there! And, "Thank God the young woman is okay." Could have been a completely different outcome had those two young men not been there! God Bless all of you!

 's picture

What is the speed limit there

What is the speed limit there that she could have done all of that traveling before stopping the car?  I would hate to have her behind me if I was slowing down to turn into the McDonald's!

Jake Smith's picture

moron in rumford

hey maroon you should take one of the o,s out your name  you must be one of those people who drive 35 in a 50 and dont use turn signals  because thats what the speed limit is up there  always something negative to say , moron.


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