- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A Massachusetts woman who was run over by her family’s sport-utility vehicle when it started rolling backward is in stable condition at a Bangor hospital, according to an Acadia National Park official.

The incident happened late Monday morning as the 38-year-old woman and her family were getting out of a 2013 Toyota Highlander in a turnout along the Park Loop Road, near the head of a trail that goes up the north ridge of Champlain Mountain, Supervisory Ranger Darren Belskis said Tuesday. The SUV was rolling backward toward other people and parked cars, prompting the woman to try to hop back in the moving vehicle to step on the brake.

Belskis declined to identify the woman, providing only her age and the fact she is from Belmont, Massachusetts.

The front end of the SUV swung to the side and the open driver’s side door knocked the woman to the ground, Belskis said.

“She fell underneath the vehicle as it was rolling backwards,” he said, and suffered a collapsed lung and several broken ribs.

The SUV came to rest in a ditch by the side of the road, Belskis said. No other people or vehicles were struck by the vehicle during the incident.

The ranger said there was a language barrier between the woman, who is from Asia, and responding rangers and medical personnel but that the woman was visiting Acadia with her family at the time of the accident.

Because of fog along the coast, the woman was taken by Bar Harbor ambulance to the airport in Trenton, he said, and then flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he said she was in stable condition on Tuesday.

Belskis said the woman’s mother complained of chest pain as responders were tending to her daughter. The mother received treatment at the scene from Northeast Harbor Ambulance personnel but refused transportation to a hospital, he said.

According to Belskis, rangers responded to four other minor incidents in the park on Monday:

* A 68-year-old man from Marblehead, Massachusetts fell and injured his right knee while walking along Ocean Path.

* A 57-year-old man fell off his bike and suffered injuries to his head and shoulder while riding on a downhill section on the Park Loop Road between Wildwoods Stables and the Jordan Pond Restaurant.

* A 54-year-old woman had an allergic reaction to food at the Jordan Pond House restaurant.

* An 87-year-old female who had recent hip replacement surgery was transported to the Jordan Pond House restaurant by boat after being unable to complete the 3.2-mile loop trail around Jordan Pond.


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