Courtesy Lebanon Rescue Department
LEBANON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Sanford woman escaped serious injury Tuesday morning after the car she was driving crashed through a guardrail and rolled into the river.
The Lebanon Rescue Department, Maine State Police, and the Lebanon Fire Department all responded to Little River Road in Lebanon just after 7 a.m. Tuesday for the report of a car accident.
When rescue personnel arrived on scene, they found a Suzuki SUV that had left the road, ripped through a guardrail, rolled over, and finally came to rest in the Little River below. Officials say the driver got out of the car on her own.
Lebanon Rescue Assistant Chief Jason Cole says the woman reportedly fell asleep while driving from being up all night and went off the road into the guardrail. Cole says the driver was wearing her seat belt and was able to get out of the car on her own. Officials say the seat belt helped the woman escape serious injury.
The Lebanon Rescue Department says the 34-year-old woman was the only person in the car at the time, and the car was totaled in the accident.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection also responded to the scene, and crews used booms to make sure no fluids from the car leaked into the river.
The accident remains under investigation by Maine State Police.