Woman struck by tractor trailer dies

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A Southwest Harbor woman died Tuesday of injuries received when she was hit by a tractor trailer truck on Village Green Way.

Police reported that Delbert Horton, 56, of Bangor was driving the delivery truck that was pulling onto the roadway when the accident occurred.

The accident took place around 9 a.m., less than 200 feet from the police station. Charlotte Rich, 89, of Southwest Harbor was taken by LifeFlight to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after being hit by the truck.

According to police, Rich was walking toward Village Green Way on the passenger side of the truck when she fell, possibly caused by the trailer or some other factor. At the time of the accident the truck was turning onto the roadway from the parking lot behind a downtown grocery store following a delivery. Rich was hit by the rear, passenger side tires of the truck.

Southwest Harbor-Tremont Ambulance responded to the accident and transported Rich to meet Life Flight near the fire station.

Officers spoke with bystanders and employees in the area as part of the investigation of the accident.

Traffic was diverted from a section of Village Green Way throughout the morning and into the afternoon in order to reconstruct the accident scene.

Southwest Harbor police were assisted by officers from Bar Harbor and Mount Desert, deputies from the Hancock Country Sheriff’s Office and the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Unit.

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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