July 17, 2013

Maine woman survives near-miss with manhole cover

Police say Sierra McGraw of Farmington suffered minor injuries after a tractor-trailer hit a manhole cover, propelling it into the car windshield.

By Kaitlin Schroeder kschroeder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

FARMINGTON — A Farmington woman suffered minor injuries after part of a manhole cover flew into her windshield Wednesday morning.

click image to enlarge

Sierra McGraw, 26, was driving south on Route 2 near Hight Chevrolet car dealership when her vehicle was hit by half of a manhole cover Wednesday morning.

Contributed photo

click image to enlarge

Sierra McGraw, 26, was driving south on Route 2 near Hight Chevrolet car dealership when her vehicle was hit by half of a manhole cover Wednesday morning.

Contributed photo

Sierra McGraw, 26, was driving south on Route 2 near Hight Chevrolet car dealership when her vehicle was hit by half of a manhole cover, said Officer Ryan Rosie of the Farmington Police Department.

Rosie said police think a tractor-trailer was driving north on Route 2 when the truck drove over the manhole cover, splitting it and causing it to fly into the support beam between her windshield and driver-side window.

“It’s a fairly unique situation,” he said.

Rosie said the manhole was recently worked on, so it’s possible the cover was not securely fitted into the manhole and that caused it to break when hit by the tractor-trailer.

The driver of the tractor-trailer did not stop after the accident and Rosie said the driver probably did not know what had happened.

McGraw was treated at the accident scene by NorthStar ambulance crews but was not taken to the hospital, Rosie said. He said she appeared to have only suffered superficial scratches.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252
kschroeder@mainetoday.com

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)