Woman injured in Rangeley Plantation crash

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RANGELEY PLANTATION — A woman from Maine and Florida was injured Thursday when she fell asleep at the wheel, went off Bemis Road and struck a tree, according to Deputy Brad Scovil.

Janet Birkens, 87, complained of head and neck pain, and was taken to a hospital by a NorthStar EMS ambulance, according to Franklin County Chief Deputy Steven Lowell.

Birkens has a summer house in Rangeley Plantation and lives in winter in Vero Beach, Florida, according to Scovil.

The 2011 Jeep SUV driving was destroyed in the accident that occurred about noon.

Janet Birkens, 87, of Maine and Florida was injured Thursday when she fell asleep at the wheel on Bemis Road and her Jeep struck a tree. (Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

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