May 30, 2020

Pickup rams car, injuring 1 in Newport

NEWPORT — A Newport woman was taken Friday afternoon to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield after she was involved in a two-car accident on Route 7 between Newport and Corinna.

Jody French, 25, was expected to be treated for back pain, according to Newport police.

French had stopped her vehicle, a Mercury Marquis, because of backed-up traffic on Route 7 when it was rear-ended by a northbound Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Mark Marcia, 29, of Palmyra.

Marcia apparently couldn’t see French’s vehicle, and when he did see it, swerved to avoid a collision, according to Newport police Officer David Wintle. The driver wasn’t able to avoid the collision, and the impact caved in the rear bumper on French’s vehicle, the officer said.

French, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was placed in a back brace and taken by ambulance to Sebasticook Valley for evaluation. French’s two young children and Marcia were wearing seat belts and were not injured, said Wintle.

Wintle estimated damage to the pickup truck at $1,000. He said at the scene that he couldn’t decide whether the car was a total loss or $3,500 worth of damage because of the age of the vehicle.

No charges are pending, said Wintle.

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