BELFAST (WGME) – On the midcoast a car was badly damaged and a woman was rescued after police said her vehicle skidded off an icy road and crashed into a creek.
“As it was fish tailing, I see another vehicle coming head on. From there I think I just over corrected.” said crash victim Sunday Bucklin.
Sunday Bucklin was on her way home from the doctor’s this morning when she lost control of her car on this curve. The road was icy. Her car ended up going into this field, about 200 feet, before flying off this embankment and ending up upside down in the creek below.
Bucklin stated “She flipped over on top, and there I am hanging there.” She added “Luckily I had my seatbelt on. That’s what helped me. That’s what saved me. And took me a minute to get it off. And by the time i got it off and i’m looking out my window, people coming down over the hill.”
“She was very lucky. Had a seatbelt on. And had she not, it would have been a very serious accident, I’m sure.” stated Belfast Police Sgt. John Gibbs.
Sgt. Gibbs said had drivers not seen her car go into the creek, it may well have gone unnoticed.
“Whoever it was broke out the drivers side rear passenger window. And I was able to crawl out that way.” said Bucklin.
“She did have her seatbelt on. So it kept her suspended out of the water. But when she took it off, she fell down into the water. It was only a foot or so deep inside the car.” added Sgt. Gibbs.
Bucklin said she knew the river was shallow, so she never worried about drowning. “I had to crawl out of the car. But other than that, I was fine.” she stated.
“She was dripping completely wet from head to toe.” stated Sgt. Gibbs “And she goes ‘yep. I’m not even really that cold.’ But I think the adrenaline was kind of pumping at that time.”
Bucklin said her younger brother passed away last Friday and left her his car. The car is totaled. But she walked away with barely a scratch. Bucklin said “Couple of little bruises on the knee. Nothing serious. That was from just crawling out of the car.”
Paramedics warmed Bucklin up in the ambulance. But she insisted she was fine, so they drove her home. She told WGME later that even though she was soaking wet from being in this creek, she never was cold, and said she must be part polar bear.