In Jefferson, limited visibility associated with high winds and heavy rain led to a vehicle ending up in Clary Lake during the early evening hours of Sunday, Jan. 10.
According to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rand Maker, the incident occurred at the intersection of Routes 126 and 215 in Jefferson.
Maker said a combination of heavy wind and rain, in addition to inattention from the driver, contributed to the car ending up in the lake.
Nellie Benner, 61, of Damariscotta, was driving a 2001 Buick sedan north on Route 215 when the accident occurred.
Maker said Waldoboro Emergency Medical Services transported Benner from the scene to LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus in Damariscotta for evaluation, but she did not appear to have suffered any injuries.
Benner was the sole occupant of the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Maker said the vehicle sustained more than $1,000 in damage and was partially submerged in Clary Lake, with the front end taking on water, but the rear portion of the vehicle remaining out of the lake.
Maker said the vehicle was removed from Clary Lake the night of the accident. There were no apparent environmental concerns resulting from the incident since the car was only partially submerged and no fluids from the vehicle were believed to have entered the lake.
Lincoln County Communications paged Jefferson Fire and Rescue around 5 p.m.
The Jefferson Fire Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and Waldoboro EMS responded to the scene.