STRONG — An 11-month-old girl was injured Monday after the car she was riding in went off the road and struck a utility pole on Route 4, Maine State Police Trooper Aaron Turcotte said.
The child was riding in a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu driven by her father, James Robinson, 25, of Wilton, he said.
Robinson was driving north on Route 4 and fell asleep and the car drifted across the southbound lane and into the shoulder and a ditch, and struck a utility pole, Turcotte said. By the time he awoke, he couldn’t avoid the pole, he said.
The accident occurred at about 7:20 a.m. just north of the Chandler Road.
The impact caused a back window to break and the child, Isabelle Robinson received some lacerations, he said.
Another of Robinson’s children, a boy under 2 years old, and Robinson were not injured, Turcotte said.
Both children were strapped in properly into car seats, he said.
The girl was taken by a NorthStar Emergency Medical Services ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. She was still being treated at the hospital at about noon but was expected to be released, FMH spokeswoman Jill Gray said.
Turcotte estimated the damage to the car at about $3,000.
He was assisted at the scene by Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Strong Fire Department.