A Wiscasset woman was extricated from her SUV and flown to a hospital with “potentially life-threatening” injuries after a single-vehicle crash in Wiscasset the night of Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Alyssa Payson, 32, a recent transplant to Wiscasset, was driving a Mitsubishi SUV south on Willow Lane when it left the road on the southbound side, officials said. The SUV came to rest in the woods.
Payson was found unconscious, but breathing, and required “extensive extrication” because “her feet were trapped,” Wiscasset Assistant Fire Chief Nick Merry said. She was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash. According to Chief Deputy Rand Maker, investigators suspect alcohol or drugs may have been a factor. Maker described Payson’s injuries as “potentially life-threatening.”
A Wiscasset ambulance drove Payson to Wiscasset Middle High School, where a LifeFlight helicopter landed to take her to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
The hospital did not release her condition, citing the family’s wishes.
The SUV’s airbag deployed. The vehicle was totaled, Merry said.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Wiscasset Ambulance Service, and Wiscasset Fire Department responded to the scene. The Alna Fire Department set up the LifeFlight landing zone, Merry said.
The Lincoln County Communications Center dispatched emergency services at 10:29 p.m.