BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — An elderly woman from Auburn was killed Thursday night when her car slammed into a bridge abutment on I-295, state police told the state Public Safety spokesperson.
Troopers said the woman was driving her car in the wrong lane, likely traveling south in the northbound lane from Topsham, when it veered into the median and struck the Pleasant Street overpass bridge near exit 28.
The victim, identified by Trooper Marvin Hinckley as 76-year-old Therese Cyr, was pronounced dead at the scene.
It's the 25th highway death in Maine this month.
A team of State Police troopers and officers from Brunswick and Freeport shut down the northbound lanes near the crash site to make room for a LifeFlight helicopter to land. The helicopter did land but was not used.
Northbound lanes were closed for nearly two hours, and the south was also closed for a short time.