A tragic incident occurred in Lebanon, Maine, where a 76-year-old woman from Farmington, New Hampshire, lost her life after sustaining serious injuries in a crash. The woman, identified as Billie Laferte, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 46-year-old Jason Cilley of Acton. The crash happened on Thursday morning on Milton Mills Road, and emergency officials were alerted around 10:20 a.m.
Preliminary investigations suggest that Cilley’s vehicle veered off the road, went over an embankment, and collided with a tree. The York County Sheriff’s Office, in a Facebook post, provided these details. Two other individuals were also in the vehicle at the time of the accident – 43-year-old Michelle Harvey of Acton and Laferte.
Fortunately, Harvey and Cilley suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated and released at the scene. However, Laferte was trapped inside the vehicle, requiring the efforts of the Lebanon Fire Department for about 90 minutes to extricate her. She was then transported to Southern Maine Health Care by Lebanon Rescue with serious injuries.
Sadly, York County Sheriff William King confirmed the news of Laferte’s passing on Friday. Her injuries proved to be fatal, adding to the tragedy of the incident. The crash prompted the closure of Milton Mills Road for approximately two hours to allow for investigation and clearing of the scene.
The circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation. Authorities will work to determine the cause and any contributing factors that led to this devastating accident. The community mourns the loss of Billie Laferte and extends their condolences to her family and loved ones during this difficult time.
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