PITTSTON — Distracted driving was to blame for an SUV landing on its roof after crashing Wednesday morning on Route 27 in Pittston, sending the driver and her two passengers to the hospital for treatment of injuries, police said.

Maine State Police Trooper Mikael Nunez said the driver, a 54-year-old woman from Farmington, was distracted as she was driving north on Route 27 and went off the road into a ditch. Nunez would not elaborate about how the driver was distracted.

Her vehicle struck an embankment, went airborne and landed on its roof on the northbound side of the road.

The woman and her passengers, a 24-year-old woman and a 7-year-old girl, also from Farmington, were taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta.

The adults had been wearing seat belts and the child was secured in a car seat. Nunez said a dog was also in the vehicle.

Nunez said the three people are expected to be released from the hospital, and the dog was fine.


The crash was reported around 9:47 a.m. Wednesday.

Traffic on Route 27 was slowed for about an hour as state police and the Pittston Fire Department worked at the crash scene, which was about a quarter-mile south of Pittston’s highway maintenance garage.

Shortly after the Jeep Patriot was removed from where it lay off the northbound side of the road, which is also Wiscasset Road, the route was fully open to traffic.

Nunez said no charges are expected.

Staff writer Charles Eichacker contributed to this report.

Jessica Lowell — 621-5632

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