CHELSEA â€” A local woman was hurt Thursday when her car was hit by a construction crane on Route 9.
Sally Gousse, 76, was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta with serious injuries after the 1 p.m. accident, Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said in a news release.
Eugene Green, 52, of Manchester, who was driving the crane, was not hurt.
Gousse, driving a PT Cruiser, pulled out of her driveway near Tims RV Service and into the path of the crane, McCausland said, which Green was driving north towards Augusta on Route 9.
â€œThe big rig swerved, attempting to avoid the collision, but struck the car on the driverâ€™s side,â€ McCausland said.
Gousse was trapped inside her car. Chelsea Fire Chief Shawn Ramage said crews worked for a half hour to cut her free.
Rescuers initially called for a LifeFlight helicopter, but an aircraft was not immediately available so the request was canceled.
Route 9 was closed in the area for about an hour.
Gousseâ€™s car was destroyed, McCausland said.
There was little damage to the crane, which is owned by Vassalboro-based W.H. Green and Sons.