Camden woman killed in Route 1 crash
Belfast — A 61-year-old Camden woman died from injuries she sustained when the car she was driving collided with a charter bus on Route 1 Saturday night, Aug. 31.
Jayashree Kalmath, 61, of Camden, was turning left onto Route 1 from Northport Avenue when police say she drove into the path of the bus.
Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said the accident, which was reported at 6:22 p.m., occurred as Kalmath was stopped behind another vehicle and both were waiting to turn left onto Route 1. The first car made the turn, and McFadden said Kalmath followed the leading driver onto Route 1.
“Unfortunately for the second car, that bus was right there,” said McFadden, who said Kalmath was the lone occupant in the vehicle.
Belfast police, as well as firefighters and ambulance attendants responded to the scene to free Kalmath from her vehicle. McFadden said while the LifeFlight helicopter was called to the scene, weather conditions in Belfast prevented it from flying Kalmath to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Instead, McFadden said, the LifeFlight crew boarded a Belfast ambulance to assist local medical staff with treating Kalmath.
As the ambulance reached Searsport, McFadden said Kalmath's condition worsened and the attendants opted to return her to Waldo County General Hospital, but McFadden said Kalmath succumbed to her injuries before emergency crews were able to get her to the hospital.
McFadden said Kalmath has no relatives in the United States because she is originally from India, but that Kalmath's friends here in Maine helped police get in contact with her family.
Kalmath was a teacher at a Rockport private school, McFadden said.
The 17 people who were on board the charter bus at the time of the crash suffered non-incapacitating injuries, McFadden said.