August 29, 2013

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Wanda Brochu was trapped in her vehicle until firefighters could extricate her with the jaws of life, police said.

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Woman recovering after two-car crash on I-95

A Westbrook woman, whose flat tire had just been fixed by a tow truck driver, was injured Wednesday morning in a two-car crash at mile marker 54 on the Maine Turnpike in Falmouth.

The crash, which happened about 10:30 a.m., forced police to shut down both northbound lanes for three hours while rescue and wrecker crews responded.  During that time northbound traffic was diverted to Exit 53 in Portland.

Steve McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said the woman, 73-year-old Wanda Brochu, pulled her vehicle into the path of a pickup truck after having a flat tire fixed in the breakdown lane.

Brochu was trapped in her vehicle until firefighters could extricate her, police said.

Brochu was listed in satisfactory condition Wednesday night at Maine Medical Center in Portland.


Alcohol, speed suspected in accident that hurt two

Two people were hospitalized after a single-car crash in Naples early Wednesday morning, and police say alcohol and speed likely contributed to the crash.

Grady Doherty, 17, of Casco was driving a 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in front of 220 Edes Road when the car crashed at 12:30 a.m., according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the incident. Doherty, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Bridgton Memorial Hospital with facial injuries, police said.

Cody Plummer, 22, of Naples, the lone passenger, was taken to the Bridgton hospital with leg and chest injuries. He was wearing his seat belt, police said.

Criminal charges are pending, the sheriff's office said.


Planning Board to consider shipyard's plan for new hall

Bath's Planning Board on Tuesday will consider a request from the city's largest commercial taxpayer to upgrade its Kennebec River shipyard.

Bath Iron Works, at 700 Washington St., is seeking permission to build a 110-foot tall, 51,315-square-foot outfitting hall at the shipyard.

The company, which is also seeking a tax break from the city -- known as tax increment financing -- has said the facility will make BIW more competitive in its bid to win Navy destroyer contracts.

In addition to site plan approval, BIW needs to contract zone amendment from the City Council because the height of the hall will exceed the 75-foot maximum allowed in the city's industrial shipyard zone.

The project will also include upgrades to its hazardous waste, paint and storage buildings.

Tuesday night's meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 at Bath City Hall.


Woman hit by car Aug. 11 on wharf leaves hospital

A Massachusetts woman injured when a car slammed into her family on a wharf in Port Clyde has been released from the hospital.

Allison Gold, 50, of Cohasset, Mass., is no longer a patient at Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to a hospital spokesman.

Gold's son, 9-year-old Dylan Gold, was killed after a car driven by Cheryl Torgerson hit the family as it waited for a ferry to Monhegan Island on Aug. 11.

A preliminary accident report into the collision near the Monhegan Boat Line dock said there was no immediate indication why Torgerson, 61, of New York City sped through a series of crashes before her car finally came to rest, pinning the boy's mother against another car.

A brief accident narrative describes how Torgerson's car hit a 2012 Honda that had stopped in front of her and pushed it out of the way, then hit the corner of a building before hitting Jonathan Coggeshall, 68, of Port Clyde, who was standing alongside the building.

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