A 58-year-old woman from Burnham died when she lost control of her car in Palmyra on Saturday morning and hit a roadside stand of trees and rocks. Credit: Courtesy of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office

A Burnham woman died Saturday morning when she lost control of her car in Palmyra and struck a roadside cluster of rocks and trees, authorities said.

Witnesses of the crash said 58-year-old Helen Hunt’s 1999 Mercury Mountaineer veered from the southbound lane of Este Avenue and left the western side of the roadway at full speed when it went into a ditch and collided with the bramble, according to Chief Deputy James Ross of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. The crash occurred just before 7 a.m., near 142 Estes Avenue in Palmyra.

A LifeFlight helicopter flew Hunt to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she died from her injuries a few hours later, Ross said. The Hartland Fire Department and local EMTs also responded to the scene.

Deputies are still investigating the crash, but said they believe Hunt may have suffered “a medical event” in the moments before she lost control of her car. There is no indication that she was driving while impaired by any chemical substances, Ross said.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in reconstructing the crash scene, he said.

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Callie Ferguson

Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.