MONMOUTH (AP) – An 18-month-old girl was killed Tuesday when a logging truck slammed into the car she was riding in as it was crossing Route 202.

The accident occurred at 12:10 p.m. when a Ford Focus driven by the girl’s grandmother was crossing the highway at the junction of Blue Rock Road, Monmouth police Officer James Phillips told the Kennebec Journal.

The logging truck, which was empty at the time, hit the car and pushed it into a ditch on the side of the road, Phillips said. The toddler was in a baby seat in the back seat.

Skid marks on the road appeared to show the truck driver attempted to stop his vehicle.

Police said they would release the name of the toddler on Wednesday. Her grandmother, Dorothy Kemp, 58, of Monmouth, was being treated Tuesday night in the intensive care ward at Central Maine Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said.

The truck driver, Charles Baker, 57, of Winthrop, was not injured, Phillips said.

The accident is under investigation.

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