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Mars Hill Crash

Mars Hill CrashMARS HILL, Maine – A Fort Fairfield man is facing charges after crashing his vehicle in Mars Hill over the holiday weekend.

On July 4, 2020, at approximately 10:53 p.m., the Houlton Regional Communication Center received a report of an erratic driver traveling south on Route 1A in Mars Hill.  At approximately 11 p.m. Houlton RCC received a report via 911 of a single vehicle crash on Route 1A in Mars Hill.  

Tpr. Steve Mahon responded and determined that Grayden Griffeth, 18, of Fort Fairfield, was traveling south on Route 1A in his 2008 Chevy Avalanche when he lost control and struck the guardrail.  Griffeth left the roadway and went down a steep embankment rolling the vehicle onto its side.  He was wearing his seatbelt and his airbags deployed but he still suffered minor injuries in the crash.  

Griffeth refused medical treatment.  Speed and alcohol were a factor in the crash and as a result Griffeth was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.    
 

Trooper Struck by Fleeing Car

Belmain vehicleOn Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 4:35 pm the Maine State Police received a report of a green sports car with no registration plates failing to maintain its proper lane and driving erratically on Interstate 95 near mile marker 140 south bound in the town of Clinton.
 
A Trooper from Troop C located the vehicle on the interstate in Waterville, and conducted a traffic stop after witnessing the reported erratic operation. Once the vehicle was stopped the Trooper attempted to identify the operator and noticed he was alone in the vehicle. The driver failed to remain at the scene, and a pursuit took place as the vehicle continued to operate erratically. Troopers from Troop D assisted in the pursuit as the vehicle continued south on Interstate 95 into Augusta where the operator exited at mile marker 113 and proceeded east on Route 3. Trooper Mickael Nunez, a 3 year Trooper with the department, was outside of his vehicle as he attempted to deploy a tire deflating spike mat on Route 3 in China when the offending vehicle struck him at a high rate of speed. The offending vehicle then crashed, and the operator was later identified as Robert Belmain (53) of Caribou. Belmain was brought to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for injuries sustained in the crash. Tr. Nunez was brought to Maine General Medical Center in Augusta and is undergoing surgery for a broken leg. He is listed in stable condition.
 
Charges are pending against Robert Belmain for Failure to Maintain Proper Lane, Criminal Speed, Eluding, Failing to Submit to Arrest/Detention, Destruction of Evidence, Reckless Conduct, Operating Under the Influence, Driving to Endanger, Possession of a Scheduled Drug, Sale/Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating After Suspension-Habitual Offender and Violating Conditions of Release.
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tr. Nunez and his family for a speedy recovery. 
 

Sullivan Crash

On April 14, 2020, Maine State Police Troopers responded to the Tunk Lake Road in Sullivan just after 11:00 pm for a vehicle crash with entrapment. After first responders arrived a passenger in the vehicle, John-Michael Boucar (33) of Sullivan was pronounced deceased at the scene. Another subject was transported to the hospital. Trooper’s say that speed is likely a factor. The investigation is still on-going. Anyone with information about the crash please contact the Maine State Police at (207) 973-3700.

Orono Crash Update

191 Crash 1Maine State Police say a single vehicle and single driver were involved in a crash that shut down Interstate 95 southbound in Orono earlier today. The interstate is now back open to traffic. 

Police are not releasing the name of the person involved in the crash, but say that a single vehicle with a single occupant was reported off the road at mile marker 191 in Orono at 12:51 p.m. The interstate was closed so the person could be transported to an area hospital via LifeFlight. The extent of the injuries is unknown at this time. 

LifeFlight, Old Town and Orono Fire Rescue assisted at the scene. 

 

 

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I-95 Crash in Orono (UPDATE: Interstate re-open)

There has been a serious accident at Mile Marker 191 Southbound on Interstate I95 (Orono). The interstate in that direction has been shut down to allow for LifeFlight to land. Maine DOT has signs alerting drivers to divert at Exit 193. Please seek an alternate route and avoid the area. 

Monticello Crash

Gentle Road 1A juvenile received non-life-threatening injuries when he hit a logging truck parked on the Gentle Road in Monticello.

On Feb. 19, 2020, at around 7:15 p.m., a 17-year-old juvenile was driving his 2016 Honda sedan west on the Gentle Road, Monticello.  Robert Cox, 47, of Monticello, employed by Bartlett Forest Products, had a loaded log truck parked on Gentle Road, Monticello.  The truck did not have flashers or other lights activated.  The juvenile stated he saw the truck at the last moment, attempted to swerve around it, and struck the back of the trailer.  

The juvenile was transported to Houlton Regional Hospital for injuries that are not life threatening.  His vehicle was towed from the roadway by Westerdahl’s Towing.

The log truck was moved from the roadway and parked in a nearby lot.

Trooper Ryan Kilcollins is still conducting an investigation.  Robert was issued a summons for parking to obstruct traffic.  The juvenile was issued a traffic summons as well.Gentle Road 2

Monticello First Responders and Houlton Ambulance responded to the scene to assist Trooper Kilcollins
 

Littleton Crash

Littleton CrashMorgan Fields, 34, of West Bath, was traveling southbound on US Route 1 in Littleton when she reached for something inside her vehicle causing her to cross the center line and go into the northbound lane in front of a northbound tractor trailer unit driven by Charles Michaud, 58, of Caribou. Michaud swerved to avoid a head on collision. Fields struck the back side of Michaud’s trailer and spun coming to rest in a snowbank on the northbound side. There were no injuries. 

Field’s vehicle had disabling damage to the front passenger side corner and was towed from the scene by York’s of Houlton.

Michaud’s tractor trailer unit, owned by Carmichael Transport INC of Bangor, sustained disabling damage to the trailer and was removed from the scene by Westerdahl’s. Michaud was hauling US Mail.

Field’s was cited for Failure to Maintain Control of a Motor Vehicle.
 

Three Killed in Clinton Crash

Clinton CrashState and Clinton Police say three Clinton teenagers and pre-teens died early Sunday morning when the car they were passengers in slammed into a tree on the Hinckley Road in Clinton.  Two others in the car, including the driver, survived the crash and are being treated at Maine Medical Center for non life threatening injuries . Troopers said the car struck an icy patch on the road, went into an uncontrolled skid and struck the large tree on the passengers side of the 2007 Toyota Corolla.

The three victims are 15 year old Thomas Porfirio , 14 year old Emily Baker and her 12 year old sister, Ashland Baker. The three were dead inside the car when first responders arrived at the crash site.

The injured ,who were also found inside the car, are 14 year old Nevaeh Wilson of Clinton  and the driver is a 16 year old Clinton boy.  His name is being withhold as investigators and district attorney's office continue to review the crash investigation.  The cause is likely to be driver inexperience and speed and the boy did not have a driver's license.Clinton Crash 2

The crash was reported at 7:16 AM by another driver and a team of troopers joined  Clinton Police and Fire Department personnel at the scene.   The crash took place on a straight section of the Hinckley Road, near the intersection of the True Road. 
 

Saco Turnpike Crash

Saco CrashState police say a young Massachusetts man was seriously injured this afternoon when his car skidded into the path of a delivery truck.  The crash took place on the Maine Turnpike in Saco, just before 1 PM   Troopers said 25 year old Marco Yeung of Quincy, MA is being treated at Maine Medical Center for head injuries.  The crash was the most serious of several that took place along the turnpike in the Saco area during today's Snow and ice storm.   Troopers said Yeung lost control of his car in the passing lane and it spun out and into the path of the truck.  The truck driver - 51 year old Kevin McCrillis of Westbrook was not injured.  The truck is owned by New England Gypsum of South Portland.

Tractor Trailer and Plow Truck Crash

Crash Maine State Police are investigating a crash involving a tractor trailer hauling natural gas and a plow truck.

On Jan. 13, 2020, around 9:35 p.m., Thor Cote was driving north in a Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) plow truck, plowing in the left lane, on Interstate 95, Island Falls.  William Curvin was also driving north in a tractor trailer unit hauling compressed natural gas.  William thought the plow truck was in the middle of the roadway, went to pass on the left, and struck the wing of the plow truck.  William lost control of the tractor trailer and went off the left side of the roadway into the median.  The truck tipped onto its left side and came to rest against some rocks.  No one was injured in this crash.

Crash 2The tractor trailer suffered major damage to the tractor.  No hazardous material was released during the crash.

The MDOT plow truck sustained heavy damage to the plow wing and its components.  Thor was able to drive it from the scene to a highway crossover.

Crews will work to remove the rig from the median during daylight hours.

The tractor trailer was scheduled to deliver the natural gas to a local startch factory.  The truck and trailer are owned by Keenan Advantage Group, Clearmont, Indiana.

The crash is still under investigation by Sergeant Jeffrey Clark.
 

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