BRUNSWICK (WGME) — There’s new information in Friday’s deadly crash in Brunswick that killed a 6-year-old girl and her grandparents, all of whom were from Topsham.
The crash happened in the southbound lane of Route 1 between Brunswick and Bath.
Brunswick police said they have no idea why the vehicle they were traveling in went off the road and down a median, before crashing into a steep rock embankment and bursting into flames.
“As soon as I came over the hill, I saw that there was smoke and dust,” said Charles Gilbert, who helped get two children out of the vehicle.
Gilbertson was one of a handful of Good Samaritans who stopped to help.
“As soon as I got out of the car, my daughter called 911 and I ran to the car,” he said.
When Gilbert got to the burning vehicle, the doors were locked.
“We couldn’t see in the vehicle very well because there were airbags that were deployed.”
Gilbertson grabbed a tool from his truck to break the glass.
“Was about to break the front window when somebody was able to see that there were children in the back. So I immediately switched over and broke the back window,” he said.
They pulled two children out, a boy and a girl.
Brunswick Police Chief Scott Stewart said these Good Samaritans risked their lives.
“They pulled the two children from the back of the vehicle while the vehicle was in flames,” he said.
Gilbertson said by then the flames were intense.
“We were not able to get the adults out,” he said. “It started also having small explosions, where it was shooting debris into the road.”
He said someone immediately started CPR on the little girl, but 6-year-old Eleina Astor didn’t make it.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family lay her to rest.
The two adults in the car, her grandparents Anthony and Dawn Aster, also died in the crash.
The boy was taken to Maine Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.