Pregnant woman dies in Skowhegan crash; hospital delivers baby

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[UPDATE:Baby delivered after pregnant woman dies in Skowhegan crash]

SKOWHEGAN — A pregnant woman on her way to a local hospital to be medically induced to give birth was killed Monday morning in a crash on U.S. Route 2 in Skowhegan, according to police.

The 27-year-old woman was nine months pregnant, Skowhegan Police Chief David Bucknam said. Her name has not been released until all members of her family have been notified.

The baby was delivered by emergency Caesarean section at Redington-Fairview General Hospital. Bucknam said the baby was in critical condition at about noon Monday.

Bucknam said the woman was driving a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer when the sport-utility vehicle hit black ice just before 7 a.m. on a stretch of road also known as Canaan Road, east of downtown Skowhegan. He said she lost control of the SUV near the intersection of East Ridge Road, Eaton Mountain Road and Route 2. The vehicle hit a snow bank sideways at the edge of the road and rolled over, landing on the driver’s side on a frozen pond.

The woman had been traveling from Canaan to the hospital where she was to be medically induced to have the baby. An adult man and an 8-year-old girl also were in the vehicle. They were hospitalized and their conditions were not available Monday evening. No other vehicles were involved.

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Maine State Police assisted Skowhegan police at the scene, as did units from the Skowhegan Fire Department and ambulances from EMS at Redington-Fairview.

This story will be updated.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

dharlow@centralmaine.com

Twitter:@Doug_Harlow

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