Woman injured in scooter crash

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DIXFIELD — A first-time ride on a motor scooter sent a Weld Street woman to the hospital Thursday afternoon after she lost control.

Chief Richard Pickett said Paula E. Fortin, 46, lost control of the 2008 Shanghai Shenke Scooter, owned by her husband, Larry, as she turned left from Main Street onto Weld Street at 3:40 p.m.

She started to slide, hit the curb, then the scooter went down. She was taken to Rumford Hospital by Med-Care Ambulance Service where she was being evaluated late Thursday afternoon, said a hospital spokeswoman.

Pickett estimated the damage to the scooter at about $500.

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Pickett said Fortin was wearing a helmet which likely prevented further injury. He said the helmet was damaged.

“If she hadn’t been wearing it, that would have been damage to her head,” he said.

About an hour earlier, a vehicle stopped for a Western Foothills RSU 10 school bus heading south on the Canton Point Road was hit in the rear by another vehicle.

Pickett said Kevin L. Knox, 39, of Rumford, who was driving a 2004 Chevy Tahoe, stopped for the bus. Behind him was Becky S. Steadman, 24, of Livermore Falls, who was driving a 1997 Ford Explorer. She also stopped. The bus then drove a short distance farther to let off a child. Knox stopped, but Steadman did not.

Knox’s vehicle was not damaged when Steadman’s vehicle hit it. Her vehicle sustained about $2,500 damage. Two small children and an adult were also in Steadman’s vehicle. No one was hurt.

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