Fatal Crash

Massachusetts man killed in crash on Turnpike in Wells

Wells Fatal CrashFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Thursday, September 30, 2021, at approximately 11:09 p.m. Maine State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer and a car on I-95 northbound in Wells.  

The tractor-trailer, driven by 24-year-old Sahib Singh of Fresno, CA was traveling in the right lane when he observed a BMW parked in the breakdown lane. Singh moved to the middle lane from the right lane. The BMW, driven by 52-year-old Brian N. Anger of Auburn, MA pulled out directly in front of the tractor-trailer attempting to use the crossover. Singh was unable to avoid Anger and ran directly into the driver’s side of the car. Both vehicles came to rest in the median against the guardrail. It is unknown why Anger tried to use the crossover at mile 20. 

Brian Anger was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Sahib Singh, who was hauling bulk goods to Lewiston, was transported to Maine Medical Center with minor injuries. 
The crash remains under investigation.  
Northbound traffic was down to one lane and southbound traffic down to two lanes. At this time the left lane of the Turnpike northbound at mile 20 remains blocked.
Wells Fire and Rescue, Maine State Commercial vehicle, and Maine State Police traffic unit assisted at the scene.

Penobscot County Teenager Killed in Crash

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:35 p.m. Maine State Police responded to a single vehicle roll-over on the Oliver Hill Road in Garland.  A 2003 Dodge Durango, driven by 18-year-old Jacob Campbell of Exeter left the roadway and rolled over before striking a tree. Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in the vehicle were transported to Mayo Hospital in Dover with non-life-threatening injuries.  State Police say speed was a factor in the crash and they continue to investigate. 

If anybody witnessed this crash or has information on this case, please contact State Police Troop E at 207-973-3700.

The Maine State Police were assisted by the Garland Fire Department. 

Amherst Fatal Crash

On September 9, 2021, at approximately 1:33 p.m. Renee Bubier (39) of Perry was traveling westbound on Route 9 in Amherst in a heavy rain storm when she lost control of the vehicle and went off the roadway. The vehicle rolled several times. Renee suffered critical injuries and is currently admitted at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Also in the vehicle was Renee’s husband, Ervins Bubier (41). Ervins was pronounced deceased on scene.

Lebanon Fatal

On Aug. 18, 2021, at approximately 6:50 a.m., Troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash off the road on Rt. 202 in Lebanon.  Troopers learned that the vehicle was operated by 22-year-old Nathan Celley of Springvale, who was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash.  Mr. Celley did not survive the crash and speed was likely the cause of the crash. Maine State Police extend their condolences to family and friends of Mt. Celley during this difficult time.

Edmunds Township man killed in head on collision in Pembroke

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On August 11th, 2021, at approximately 10:18 p.m., Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash on Ayers Junction Road in Pembroke involving a 2009 Toyota Camry, driven by 58-year-old Hardy Preston of Edmunds Township and a 2003 GMC Sonoma, driven by 17-year-old Russell Kirshman of Marion Township. The crash occurred when Kirshman, traveling in the westbound lane crossed the centerline and struck Preston’s car head-on. 

Preston died at the scene. Kirshman was transported to Calais Regional Hospital for minor injuries.

Distracted driving and driving too fast for conditions appear to be factors in the crash. 
Corporal Jeffrey Taylor responded as the primary investigating officer and was assisted at the scene by Sergeant Jeffrey Ingemi, Border Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Pleasant Point PD. Baileyville PD., Pembroke Fire, Dennysville Fire and Rescue, Calais Ambulance, and Lyon’s Towing.  

The Maine State Police would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of Hardy Preston.

Wrong way driver killed on Turnpike

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO.

A Caribou man was killed in early morning crash on the Turnpike in Kittery. 

Maine State Police is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at approximately 12:37 a.m. on the ME Turnpike. The crash, involving a passenger car and a tractor-trailer truck occurred southbound at mile 2 in Kittery by the Wilson Road overpass. 29-year-old Caleb Ewing of Caribou, the driver of the car died at the scene. The tractor-trailer, owned and operated by 46-year-old Joshua Stone of Auburn was uninjured. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage. 

It is believed that Ewing entered onto the turnpike in Kittery and traveled in the wrong direction going northbound in the southbound lane. Stone and his tractor-trailer truck, which was hauling bottled water at the time, were traveling southbound and took evasive action upon spotting Ewing, but could not avoid the collision. Ewing struck the side of the tractor-trailer truck rupturing the fuel tank which caused diesel fuel to spill out onto the roadway.

The turnpike was shut down to one lane for hours while police investigated and crews worked to remove the vehicles and re-open the roadway. Assisting in the investigation were MSP’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, the Kittery Fire Department, Kittery Police Department, York Police and Fire Departments, the DEP, and National Wrecker Service.

The investigation is ongoing. It is unclear at this time if speed and alcohol were contributing factors. 

Old Town man killed in crash on I-95 in Bangor

Fatal CrashFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On June 11, 2021 at approximately 3:37am Maine State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on I-95 near Broadway Street in Bangor.  The investigation determined that the driver, 39 year old Anthony Monroe, Sr. of Old Town was traveling south when he struck a guardrail near the Exit 185 off ramp. The vehicle then traveled across the road and struck the concrete barrier in the median. Monroe, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Maine State Police was assisted by the Bangor Police Department and the Bangor Fire Department.

This is the only information available at this time.  

If anybody has information in relation to this incident please contact Trooper Bryan Creamer at 207-973-3700.

Sandy River Plantation Fatal Crash

Two people are dead and several others injured following a motor vehicle crash in Sandy River Plantation.

On February 1, 2021, at approximately 8:45 p.m., a gray 2017 Toyota Avalon, driven and occupied by Karl Crute, 79, and his wife Laraine Crute, 79, from Cushing, were traveling north on Rt 4 in Sandy River Plantation when a black 2009 Pontiac G6 was traveling south, driven and occupied by Kaylee Knight, 18, of Chesterville and four teenaged passengers. The two vehicles struck each other and as a result two of the passengers in the vehicle driven by Knight were killed: Thomas Deckard-Madore, 17, of Strong; and Michaela Morgan, 15, of Phillips. 

The Crutes, along with one other passenger of the Pontiac, remain hospitalized and are being treated for serious injuries. The Maine State Police continue to investigate the crash and causation factors. They were assisted by Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Rangeley Police Department, Farmington Police Department, Somerset Sheriff’s Office, the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, and other multiple fire and rescue agencies from the surrounding areas.

We are saddened by this tragic incident and our condolences are extended to the families of everyone involved.

Topsfield Fatal Crash

Topsfield Fatal white truck with major front-end damage.Maine State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Topsfield.
On January 14, 2021, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash on Route 1 in Topsfield involving a 2020 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, owned by C&C Trucking incorporated out of Lincoln, hauling logs and a 2009 Ford pick-up truck, owned by Bushwacker and Sons Logging incorporated out of Cary. The operator of the pick-up truck, Tyler Dwyer, 30, of Houlton, was deceased at the scene and a passenger of that truck was injured. The tractor-trailer was driven by Gregory Worster, 58, of Kingman. Worster was driving north and Dwyer was traveling south and the collision occurred in the northbound lane. Failure to maintain the proper lane and fatigue appear to be factors in this crash.

Sergeant Jeffrey Ingemi responded as the primary investigator and was assisted at the scene by Corporal Chris Smith, Trooper Darren Vittum, Trooper Corey Smith, Trooper Josh Lander, Detective Jason Fowler, Border Patrol, Indian Township Police Department, and Houlton Police Department. A crash reconstruction and forensic mapping are being conducted.

Princeton Fire Department, Danforth Fire Department, Calais and Danforth EMS, and Westerdahl’s Towing, The Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Transportation also assisted. The investigation continues.

I-95 Pursuit and Fatal Crash

Maine State Police and Kittery and York Police were involved in pursuing an erratic vehicle, and are also investigating a fatal accident that occurred on I-95 in southern Maine. 

On Jan. 12, 2021, around 1:17 p.m.,  Maine State Police were involved in a pursuit on the Maine Turnpike southbound from Kennebunk through York which ended with the suspect crashing in the center median at approximately mile marker 4 (near the border of York and Kittery).  This event slowed and stopped traffic in both the north and southbound lanes. Authorities received at least 6 complaints of erratic operation prior to the pursuit. Three law enforcement officers received minor injuries –  two as a result of the pursuit and one while taking the driver of the erratic vehicle into custody. The driver was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries and charges are expected.

At approximately 2:11 p.m., traffic had slowed considerably and stopped in both the north and southbound lanes. A vehicle travelling in the northbound lane was struck from behind by a tractor trailer and pushed under the stopped tractor trailer in front of it. This is a fatal accident and police are working to contact next of kin, clear the scene, and reconstruct the crash. The District Attorney’s Office will review this crash once the investigation is complete. I95 Northbound will be closed until further notice and traffic is being diverted to exit 3. Please seek an alternate route.

This is all the information available at this time, we will update as more information becomes available.

The Commercial Vehicle Unit, Kittery Police Department, York Police Department, and York Fire assisted in both the pursuit and fatal incidents.

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