A passer-by is being credited with saving the life of a 3-month-old girl after an single-vehicle accident in northern Washington County late Monday afternoon.


State Police say 55-year old Steve McGouldrick of Calais was driving an SUV with three passengers on Route 6 near Topsfield shortly after dark, when he lost control of the vehicle on a slippery curve.

The SUV went over an embankment and landed on its roof in a stream in about 2 1/2 feet of water.  Police say McGouldrick and his adult passengers, 53-year-old Brenda Haney of Calais and 34-year-old Beverly Metcalf of Talmadge were not severely injured, but Metcalf's baby girl was unresponsive.

Within moments, a passerby, who State Police identified as 28-year-old Wade Shorey of Greenbush, stopped to help. Shorey, who had recently completed a CPR course, was able to revive the infant, and she was breathing on her own within a couple of minutes.

Maine State Police, Calais EMS, Baileyville and Topsfield Fire Departments and the U.S. Border Patrol responded to the accident in Kossuth Township.

The three adults and baby girl were transported to Calais Regional Hospital, and are expected to be okay.