Photo: The accident scene at Acadia National Park where a Belmont resident was seriously injured on Monday. (Acadia National Park photo).
A Belmont resident is in “stable condition” in a Bangor, Maine hospital with a collapsed lung and several broken ribs a day after she was run over by her family’s SUV when it began rolling backwards at a popular site at Acadia National Park on Monday, July 27.
The 38-year-old, whose name or address was not provided by the National Parks Service, was hurt near the trail head of the north ridge of Champlain Mountain, according to Chief Ranger Stuart West on Tuesday, July 28.
West told the Belmontonian the victim – who was also the driver – was with her family when they stopped their vehicle on the side of the road on an up-slop. When they got out, the woman forgot to place the vehicle in “park” and it began to drift down the the road towards a group of people and parked cars.
The woman attempted to get back into the moving vehicle to apply the brake. At that moment, the SUV quickly picked up speed and the front end swung to the side. The victim only got half way into the vehicle before the open driver’s door knocked her to the ground.
West said the front wheel ran over the woman before ended up in a ditch by the side of the road.
West said a park ranger was on the scene almost immediately and an ambulance from nearby Bar Harbor was there within minutes, likely saving her life.
Due to fog on the coast, the woman was evacuated to the airport in Trenton then taken via LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Administrators at EMMC could not provide any health updates without the woman’s name.