AUGUSTA — A Rockland woman injured in a head-on collision on Eastern Avenue Tuesday morning has improved from critical to serious condition.

Lucretia Smith, 51, was taken by ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta and then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland following the approximately 9:20 a.m. crash just east of Cony Road near Rebecca’s Place restaurant.

A Maine Medical Center spokeswoman said Wednesday Smith was in serious condition. Police initially said both drivers were in critical condition Tuesday following the accident.

The other driver, Sally Beane, 49, of Manchester, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where she was listed in fair condition Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Beane, driving a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero, was traveling east, and Smith, driving a 2004 Chevy Cavalier, was traveling west when they collided head-on.

Maine State Police reconstructed the accident scene, and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Augusta Police Lt. Christopher Massey said Wednesday morning police still need to speak to both drivers and examine the accident reconstruction report to be able to determine the cause of the crash. The accident report, Massey said, indicates the roadway was dry at the time of the crash.

Both drivers, who had to be removed from their cars by firefighters, were the only occupants of their vehicles. Both vehicles were damaged heavily in the crash.

Two helicopters were requested initially, but Augusta police Sgt. Christian Behr said a brief snow squall prevented a second helicopter from landing at the scene.

Eastern Avenue, which is Route 17, was closed between Spring and Cony roads for more than 90 minutes Tuesday as emergency personnel responded to the crash. The road was reopened about 11:10 a.m.


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