WATERVILLE — A teenager involved in a collision Wednesday between a Volkswagen Beetle and a loaded pulp truck in Fairfield remained in fair condition Friday at a local hospital.

Anna Clark, 18, of Waterville, was taken by ambulance Wednesday to Thayer Campus, MaineGeneral Medical Center, after the early morning crash on U.S. Route 201.

She was driving south in a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle; Gregory Stratton, 56, of Steuben, was driving a tractor trailer truck north, police said at the time.

Police said the Beetle apparently crossed over the center line just before the accident, which forced officials to closed down the road for more than four hours.

Fairfield police Officer Karen O’Donnell said Friday that she spoke with Clark’s father and he said his daughter is improving, after having undergone a total of about seven hours of surgery.

“She’s had several surgeries and they’re upbeat and positive,” O’Donnell said. “She had some pretty significant injuries but she’s speaking and they’re able to communicate with her.”

O’Donnell said that several positive things happened the day of the accident that worked in Clark’s favor. One is that the Fire Department had retired an old piece of extrication equipment and replaced it with a more modern one, but fire officials kept the old one on the truck.

It was the older equipment that ultimately enabled firefighters to extricate Clark from the Volkswagen Wednesday, O’Donnell said.

“She’s a very, very fortunate young lady; she really is,” O’Donnell said.

Clark was listed in fair condition Thursday. A hospital spokeswoman said early Friday afternoon that she remained in fair condition.

O’Donnell said no charges were filed in the accident, which was investigated by Officer Matt Wilcox.

 

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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