Two injured in head-on crash

LEWISTON — Two women were injured and their vehicles demolished in a head-on collision on Lisbon Street early Monday afternoon.

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Rescue personnel worked for 90 minutes to free Wendy Raymond of Lewiston  from her minivan, left, after it and the minivan at right collided near 1775 Lisbon St. in Lewiston shortly before 1 p.m. Monday.

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Cpl. Larry Baril, left, assists Lewiston firefighters as they attempt to free Wendy Raymond of Lewiston from her Plymouth minivan shortly after 1 p.m. Monday near 1775 Lisbon St. in Lewiston. The woman's vehicle and another minivan driven by Jayne Bickford of Lisbon Falls collided.

Jayne Bickford, 86, of Lisbon Falls was heading east near Liberty Mutual when she swerved into oncoming traffic at about 12:45 p.m., Lewiston police Sgt. Dave St. Pierre said. Bickford's minivan hit another minivan driven by Wendy Raymond, 34, of Lewiston.

The Lewiston and Sabattus Fire departments worked with United Ambulance Service for an hour and a half to free Raymond from the wreckage.

“The dashboard was pinning her in pretty good,” St. Pierre said. “It took a lot of work,” he said, adding that Monday's extremely cold temperatures also made the process a challenge.

Raymond and Bickford were taken to Central Maine Medical Center, St. Pierre said. Their injuries included broken bones, but were considered not life-threatening, he said. Raymond was in stable condition late Monday night at CMMC.

Several employees of Auburn-based T. Buck Construction who were working on the Maine Turnpike overpass near the accident went to the scene to help, St. Pierre said. When police arrived, the construction workers were helping the drivers and directing traffic around the vehicles, he said.

“It was a very good combined effort of fire department, police and the community,” St. Pierre said.

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John Doughty's picture

Blame game

For the record, the accident was 200+ yards east of the bridge - totally unrelated to any barrier or operation the construction company was involved in.

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Driving tests for us all!

In my opinion, we should all be subjected to driving tests every so many years and then yearly after maybe 70 years of age. I certainly hope that both of these women heal very quickly and am sad to hear that they had such a bad collision.

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driving tests

Am not there yet but I'm working on it....................... Chat with us about driving tests when you hit 70. Will guarantee you that most people 70 drive a whole lot better than those who have licenses at 17! Get into the 80's and we might agree. Peace out.................


That area is a damn death

That area is a damn death trap especialy since the construction company IS FAILING TO REMOVE THE SNOW AT THE CEMENT DIVIDERS if she hit the edge of the built up ice on the bottom edge of the divider which is ice packed and is now quite easy to do it would push the car into the other lane hopefull the family can take a picture before the scene is cleaned up to hide that fact. that is a gross safety issue that could have been avoided, I am sure that with the constant use of the turning lane as a passing lane on lisbon street we will soon see a death on that street, as the city had been warned of that fact in the past, it is not a quetion of if but of when!!!! maybe it will be your son or daughter or mother or father but it will happen it was a wonder no one got killed here!! people are constatly using the turning lane as a passing lane and man that brain freeze some idiot thought of in the city department to make two lanes into one using what A BOTTLE neck oh how stupid they should have made two lanes end at the turn on westminster that would have been much better, I have had a close call or two comming into lewiston and some idiot tring to beat the one in the proper lane to the sigle lane section this system is a problem they really need to take care of with corrections and police patrols.


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