HAMPDEN, Maine — A local woman escaped major injury Wednesday after losing control of her vehicle on Route 202 and skidding into trees, which caused the car to burst into flames.

Kim Farley, 57, had exited Interstate 395 onto Route 202 westbound just prior to losing control around 11 a.m., Hampden police Officer Joel Small said.

Just west of the I-395 ramps, Farley lost control, somehow went across the center median, down a ditch and into the trees, according to Small.

Shortly after impact, Farley’s vehicle caught on fire, but Small said a passing motorist who witnessed the crash managed to pull Farley out before her Audi sedan became engulfed in flames.

Small said the good Samaritan pulled Farley out just before police and firefighters arrived on scene.

“We really appreciated it,” the officer said.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze within minutes and Farley was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment, Small said. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The officer said police believe a medical issue is what caused Farley to lose control. No other vehicles were struck and Farley just missed a guardrail when she went down the embankment.

Ryan McLaughlin

BDN sports reporter Ryan McLaughlin grew up in Brewer and is a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins. In "The Boston Blitz" he'll be sharing his perspective...