ORONO – A large tree branch fell onto the roof of a Jeep Grand Cherokee in Orono during a torrential downpour Sunday afternoon, trapping a mother and her 2-year-old daughter inside the vehicle.

Sgt. Dan Merrill of the Orono Police Department said the sports utility vehicle operated by Isis Bell-Smith, 33, was traveling south on Main Street around 4 p.m. when the branch broke off and hit the vehicle, landing along the entire length of the Jeep Cherokee’s roof.

Bell-Smith’s husband, 30-year-old Ryan Laracy, was able to crawl out of the vehicle, but Orono firefighters had to cut the tree off the car to remove Bell-Smith and her daughter.

All three were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Merrill said. The girl is believed to have suffered some type of neck injury.

Merrill said the road was closed for more than three hours while a tree specialist came in to remove another large tree branch that looked like it might fall into the road.


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