A Moose River woman who was injured in an accident when the emergency brake on her Jeep failed last month has returned home after her leg was amputated above the knee, and she said Friday the community has helped her get through it.

Pamela Smith, 58, said she is “doing OK” and is grateful for the support she has received from the Jackman area community.

“Jackman is the best community anyone could ever live in,” Smith said.

She was injured Sept. 7 when her Jeep Wrangler rolled about 30 feet down a driveway, pinning her against the tailgate of a pickup truck and injuring her right leg and right side of her pelvis.

Smith spent almost a week in the hospital. She said doctors tried to save her leg but couldn’t.

When she got home, neighbors had built a wheelchair ramp to her house and installed a ramp and handle bars in the bathroom, she said. The community is also planning a fundraiser for her on Friday.

Smith has worked with mentally challenged adults at the Northland Living Center for 26 years. Before the accident she also worked part-time at the Trailside Convenience Store.

Smith said she could not comment when asked what caused the Jeep to apparently malfunction. She said she is focusing on learning how to walk again and hopes to be fitted with a prosthetic device.

“I’m doing pretty good,” she said. “There has been a lot of support from the community.”

The benefit dinner for Smith is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Moose River Congregational Church. Donations can also be sent to Skowhegan Savings, P.O. Box 141, Jackman, Maine, 04945 and should be marked “For benefit of Pam Smith.”

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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Twitter: @rachel_ohm


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