LEWISTON — Two women were injured and their vehicles demolished in a head-on collision on Lisbon Street early Monday afternoon.

Jayne Bickford, 86, of Lisbon Falls was heading east near Liberty Mutual when she swerved into oncoming traffic at about 12:45 p.m., Lewiston police Sgt. Dave St. Pierre said. Bickford’s minivan hit another minivan driven by Wendy Raymond, 34, of Lewiston.

The Lewiston and Sabattus Fire departments worked with United Ambulance Service for an hour and a half to free Raymond from the wreckage.

“The dashboard was pinning her in pretty good,” St. Pierre said. “It took a lot of work,” he said, adding that Monday’s extremely cold temperatures also made the process a challenge.

Raymond and Bickford were taken to Central Maine Medical Center, St. Pierre said. Their injuries included broken bones, but were considered not life-threatening, he said. Raymond was in stable condition late Monday night at CMMC.

Several employees of Auburn-based T. Buck Construction who were working on the Maine Turnpike overpass near the accident went to the scene to help, St. Pierre said. When police arrived, the construction workers were helping the drivers and directing traffic around the vehicles, he said.

“It was a very good combined effort of fire department, police and the community,” St. Pierre said.


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