Car drives into Portland Harbor; Woman hospitalized

6:22 PM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An 84-year-old woman is in stable condition after the car she was driving crashed to two fences on Portland's waterfront before ending up in in the harbor.

The accident happened just before 1:30. Police say Ursula Nixon of Portland was driving down India Street towards the waterfront when her car blew a stop sign on India Street, crashed through the fence and continued into the harbor near the Ocean Gateway terminal.

A number of people saw the accident happen and jumped in to help Nixon. Police were on patrol at the Maine State Pier, and firefighters also were training nearby and arrived quickly. Home video shows a woman being held into Nixon's car and pulling her out just before the car was submerged.

A number of the good samaritans had to be treated for hypothermia at the scene.

Police say they may not know what caused the crash for a couple of days.


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