2016-07-27 / Front Page

SUV crashes into Freeport store's fuel pumps, driver air-lifted to CMMC



A Durham woman was air-lifted to a Lewiston hospital following a collision on Route 125 in Freeport Wednesday afternoon that caused her SUV to rollover and crash into fuel pumps at Doherty’s North Freeport Store.

The crash was reported at 12:55 p.m. at the intersection of Wardtown, Grant and Lunt roads in Freeport. Wardtown is also Route 125.

According to Freeport Police Sgt. John Perrino, 41-year-old Karen Bradford was driving a Ford Escape and making a left turn from the Grant Road onto Wardtown  when it collided with a full-size Ford pickup truck. The truck was headed south, driven by Denise Chase, 50, of Lisbon. 

Freeport Deputy Fire Chief Paul Conley said Bradford’s vehicle traveled off the road and took out the gas pumps at the store, coming to rest on top of the pumps while still on its roof.

Fortunately all of the fuel pump equipment is installed with fail safe mechanisms such as shut-off valves which worked, he said.

Bradford was air-lifted to Central Maine Medical Center by LifeFlight of Maine with what was initially believed to be life-threatening injuries. Her injuries were later determined not to be life-threatening, according to Perrino.

Conley said firefighters had to use their hydraulic tools to help gain access to Bradford.

Chase and her 15-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in the pickup truck, sustained minor injuries and were evaluated and treated on scene by Freeport Rescue. Neither required hospitalization.

Perrino said the cause of the crash is under investigation by officer Keith Norris, with assistance from Brunswick Police Department’s crash reconstructionists. No charges are currently pending.

The road was not closed but traffic was limited to one direction at a time following the crash.


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