Sheriff’s deputies and rescue personnel were credited with saving the life of a young girl after they lifted her mother’s wrecked van from atop her after a two-vehicle crash Sunday night.
Hannah Clifford, 9, of Brooks was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious injuries after the van she was riding in with her mother and three siblings was hit broadside by a pickup truck that apparently ran a stop sign.
According to news reports, the accident occurred at 7:58 p.m. at the intersection of Route 139 and Bog Road. A pickup truck driven by John Pellitier, 21, of Unity was reported to have ran the Bog Road stop sign and struck the passenger side of a van driven by Andrea Clifford, 40, of Brooks.
The impact sent the van spinning into the woods. Hannah Clifford was ejected and the van rolled on top of her. Emergency personnel used brute strength to lift the van, enabling Clifford’s mother to pull her to safety.
Andrea Clifford and her daughter Morgan, 13, both suffered lacerations in the crash and were taken by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.
Pellitier’s truck also rolled over and came to a stop across Route 139 on Brown Road. Pellitier, who also was ejected from his vehicle, suffered a deep cut on his back and was taken to WCGH for treatment.
His passenger Michael Brillard, 24, Thorndike also was taken to the Belfast hospital complaining of neck and back pain.
The accident is under investigation by law enforcement and the law firm of Peter Thompson & Associates.
We request that anyone with additional information about this crash contact Attorney Peter Thompson at 1-800-804-2004.