ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — A Massachusetts woman sustained life-threatening injuries Monday when she was run over by her own sport utility vehicle after it rolled out of a parking space along the Park Loop Road.
According to ranger reports, the 38-year-old from Belmont, Mass., was with her family. They planned to hike the North Ridge Trail of Champlain Mountain around 11:30 a.m.
They parked at the trailhead pullout and were preparing to hit the trail when the 2013 Toyota Highlander began rolling backwards towards other parked cars and a steep drop off. It had not been put in park, rangers said.
The woman fell under the vehicle and was run over while attempting to get into it to apply the brakes, rangers said.
“There’s a pretty steep grade to the road there,” Ranger Darren Belskis said. The SUV continued rolling backwards a short ways, went into the ditch and ended up against a cliff on the opposite side of the road. Damage to the vehicle was minor.
Rangers and Bar Harbor Fire Department paramedics administered first aid. That portion of the Park Loop Road was blocked to all traffic while rescue efforts were underway.
The woman was taken by Bar Harbor Ambulance to the Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor. Later, she was taken to the town athletic field on Main Street to a waiting LifeFlight helicopter ambulance. LifeFlight flew her to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Officials on Tuesday said her condition was stable.