CHINA — A Vassalboro woman miraculously escaped injury early Sunday when she apparently fell asleep at the wheel and the car she was driving struck a mailbox, went airborne and became lodged between a tree and telephone pole, according to police.

Linda Nutt was driving south on Route 137, the China Road, when the crash occurred just before 6:30 a.m., according to state police Trooper Seth Allen, who was at the scene.

“She fell asleep and crossed the center line,” Allen said. “She became airborne and was stuck between the tree and telephone pole.”

At the scene, about 7:15 a.m., a worker from Kim’s Towing & Repair of Winslow was pulling a large, green car bumper from a mass of large tree branches that were tangled between the pole and tree. The smashed 2007 Toyota was on a flatbed tow truck.

A mailbox lay in two pieces beside the road near a long stretch of mowed lawn that was stripped of grass when the car skidded along before being pinned between the tree and pole. The homeowners, neighbors and others were gathered around, watching the goings-on.

Allen said no charges were filed in the accident, which occurred across the road from Central Maine Trading and less than a quarter-mile from the yellow, flashing light at the entrance to China Village.

Allen said the Toyota was destroyed in the crash.

Amy Calder — 861-9247
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