SKOWHEGAN — A woman was taken to the hospital with “substantial injuries” Friday after being struck while trying to cross Madison Avenue on foot, according to police.

Skowhegan police Chief David Bucknam said Saturday that Nicole Morse, 38, was walking from west to east in a crosswalk near Leavitt Street around 5 p.m. and southbound traffic had stopped to allow her to cross, but northbound traffic did not see her.

A 2017 Volvo being driven north in the left lane of Madison Avenue by Nancy Thomas, 57, of Kingfield, struck Morse, Bucknam said.

“She did not see the pedestrian or the traffic stopped either, coming south,” he said, adding that the pedestrian hit the side front quarter panel of the Volvo, right over the front tire.

He said police believe Morse struck her head on the pavement. She had a cut on her head and may have suffered a broken leg, though she was conscious and talking at the scene, he said.

Morse was taken by ambulance to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan and then transferred to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.


Bucknam said Thomas was not injured in the crash and there was no reason to believe alcohol was involved.

“It’s an unfortunate accident,” he said. “As it gets darker sooner, we need to start paying attention to our surroundings and as we drive, make sure our path is clear of all pedestrians and obstacles.”

Skowhegan police Officer Scott Christiansen investigated the crash, and the Skowhegan Fire Department assisted at the scene, Bucknam said.

The speed limit in that area of Madison Avenue is 25 mph, according to Bucknam.

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