WINSLOW — An Oakland woman is in critical condition at a Lewiston hospital following a head-on collision Wednesday on Route 137.

Karen Beaulieu, 40, was taken to Central Maine Medical Center by LifeFlight helicopter around 5 p.m. Wednesday with severe injuries after the 1989 626 Mazda sedan she was driving crashed head-on with a 1997 Mack truck driven by David Greene, 55, of Plymouth, according to police Officer Brandon Lund, who was the first officer on the scene.

“She’s still in critical condition,” Lund said Thursday morning.

A hospital spokeswoman did not immediately return a call Thursday with information about Beaulieu’s condition.

The Mazda was traveling west toward the town of  Winslow and the truck was going east, toward China, at the time of the crash, Lund said.

He said it appears the Mazda drifted over the center line and struck the dump truck, head-on, although an accident reconstruction report done by Winslow police and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office is not expected to be returned for another 30 days.

The truck was carrying a full load of asphalt at the time of the accident, which was reported to police at 3:31 p.m., Lund said.

He arrived at the scene to find Beaulieu trapped inside the car.

“The dump truck was parked in the travel lane and the  Mazda was off  the road in the ditch with a female trapped inside,” Lund said. “She (Beaulieu) was communicating. I just kept talking to her and let her know rescue was on its way and would be there soon.”

Greene was not hurt in the accident, according to Lund. The Mazda was destroyed, he said. The front left side of the truck was damaged so significantly that it could not be driven and had to be towed from the scene, he said.

Route 137, also known as China Road, was closed to traffic from 3:38 p.m. to 8 p.m. and traffic was re-routed to Nowell and Maple Ridge roads, as well as North and South Reynolds roads, Lund said.

State police and Kennebec sheriff’s officials helped Winslow police at accident scene, which was about three miles from Cumberland Farms in Winslow.

Amy Calder — 861-9247
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