WINTHROP — A local woman was killed in a crash with a tanker truck just after 2 p.m. Friday on U.S. Route 202 near the East Winthrop Post Office.

Rosemaire Lola, 44, of North Monmouth, died according to Officer John Hall of the Winthrop Police Department.

He said Lola was driving a black 2002 Chevrolet Blazer west on the road when she crossed the center line and hit a truck driving in the opposite direction. Hall said the reason for the crash remains under investigation.

The truck driver, George Savage, 74, of Sidney, was injured and was taken to the hospital, Hall said.
Savage was driving a white 2006 Peterbilt truck owned by Pat Jackson/TriCity Septic Tank Service. The truck ended up on its side sprawled across U.S. 202.

Another tanker truck from the same company came to off-load the contents.

Hall said both vehicles were destroyed.

State police, Winthrop and Monmouth firefighters assisted at the scene.

The accident halted traffic on the road and forced police and firefighters to detour motorists around the scene, using Old Village Road, until about 6:30 p.m.

“I heard it happen,” said Postmaster David Shepherd. “It was so loud and so bad it was almost like a sonic boom.”

Shepherd said he was in the rear of the post office and ran out to find people already at the scene. He called 911.

The area is frequently the site of motor vehicle accidents.

Police and other emergency responders were on the scene around 2:15 p.m., and a tank truck remained on its side blocking the roadway at 3 p.m.

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