Woman injured in Augusta accident

AUGUSTA — A local woman suffered serious injuries today after her car was struck by another vehicle which may have run a red light.

The approximately 8:45 a.m. accident closed down the intersection of State and Bridge streets for about three hours as police reconstructed the accident.

Sandra Hill, 48, of Augusta, was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with serious injuries, according to Augusta Police Sgt. Chris Shaw.

Hill, driving a Volkswagen New Beetle west up Bridge Street, was struck by a Dodge Durango driven by Douglas Buotte, 29, also of Augusta.

Buotte was driving north on State Street. Shaw said it appears Buotte ran a red light, striking Hill at the intersection.

“The Durango T-boned the Beetle,” Shaw said. “It looks like driver inattention.”

The force of the crash drove the Beetle up onto a banking, and trapped Hill inside the car.

Augusta Fire and Rescue used extrication equipment to remove her from the car.

Buotte was not injured.