Head on collision in Waldo County sends three people to the hospital

Searsport CrashFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Monday, October 25, 2021, at approximately 4:00 p.m. Maine State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Rt. 1 in Searsport (near Anglers Restaurant).

A gray 2015 Lexus driven by 74-year-old Ken Bailey and his passenger 66-year-old Deborah Bailey, both from Yucca Valley, California, were traveling northbound on Rt. 1. At the same time the driver of a 2010 maroon Highlander, driven by 34-year-old Ivan Reynolds of Rockport was traveling southbound on Rt. 1. An initial review of the crash indicates that at some point one of the vehicles crossed the center line causing a head-on crash.  

All occupants of the vehicles had to be extricated by the Jaws of Life. They were all transported to Waldo General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Ken and Deborah Bailey were later transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Maine State Police say that wearing seatbelts played a significant role in reducing the severity of the injuries in that crash.

Waterville Crash

Waterville Crash with vehicles in flames.On Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 10/19/21 at approximately 8 p.m. a Maine State Police Trooper came upon a crash near mile marker 129 northbound on I-95 in Waterville. A 2006 Chevy Pickup being driven by 25-year-old Jace Tillson of Clinton was driving too fast when he attempted to go out around a 2015 Mercedes SUV being driven by 65-year-old Kemily Benes of Embden. Tillson attempted to pass Benes in the breakdown lane but struck Benes in the passenger side. Tillson then lost control of his pickup truck. It rolled over into the breakdown lane just before the Messalonskee Stream Bridge and caught fire. The interstate was shut down for approximately 1 ½ hours while emergency crews worked to put out the fire and remove both vehicles. 
There were no injuries.

Durham Man Crashes into Toll Booth Injuring Attendant

Toll Crash with smoke and fire extinguishing material.On Thursday, September 23, 2021 at approximately 1:40 a.m. 22-year-old Ethan Chase of Durham was traveling east bound on the Falmouth Spur when he lost control of his car and crashed into a toll booth. 

The impact of the crash caused Chase’s car to catch fire and heavily damage a section of the toll booth. The shattered glass and debris from the crash struck 46-year-old John Schwabe of Westbrook. He was transported to Maine Medical Center for lacerations to his head and face.  He is expected to be released from the hospital today. Chase was not injured in the crash.

The initial investigation shows speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. Chase has been charged with Aggravated OUI.

The crash remains under investigation. No additional details are available at this time. 

The Falmouth Fire Department assisted in the crash. An engineer from the Maine Turnpike Authority will be on scene today to access the damage.

The high speed toll lanes were not impacted.

Driver trying to change direction on I-95 causes serious crash in Pittsfield

Pittsfield crash vehicle on a flatbed trailer From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, at approximately 8:45 hours a.m. State Troopers from Troop C responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on I-95 in the town of Pittsfield. The preliminary investigation reveals that a 2005 Nissan Altima driven by 28-year-old Kaitlyn Hawkes of Eastport and her passenger, 33-year-old Tiffany Bowen of Pembroke were southbound in the travel lane when Hawkes tried to change directions north. Hawkes attempted to use the crossover and entered the passing lane to do so. At that point, a truck driven by 32-year-old Richard Pillsbury of Winslow was driving in the passing lane and was unable to avoid hitting Hawkes’ vehicle. 

Hawkes was transported to Sebasticook Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Bowen was life-flighted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Pillsbury was uninjured in the crash. 

Hawkes has been charged with Aggravated Driving to Endanger and Operating with an Expired License. 
Anyone that witnessed the crash is urged to contact the Maine State Police and speak with Trooper Garret Booth. 

As Troopers continue to investigate the crash, we would like to remind motorists that using crossovers is not permitted for any reason whatsoever and is highly dangerous to everyone driving on the interstate. Please drive responsibly and if you miss your exit, proceed to the next off-ramp and reroute yourself to get to your destination safely. 

Vehicle rollover on the Turnpike sends two teenagers to the hospital

Gray rollover crashFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Friday, August 13, 2021, at approximately 7:23 a.m. a single-vehicle rollover occurred on the Turnpike near mile 66 in Gray.

The driver of a 2008 Hyundai Sonata was traveling northbound in the passing lane and was attempting to change lanes. That driver, a female Minor from Minneapolis who was driving on a permit, did not see the other vehicle in the travel lane, jerked the wheel left to avoid hitting the other vehicle, overcorrected right, and went off the roadway. The car rolled over multiple times, ejecting the driver. The car landed on top of the lower half of her body. The driver, in critical condition was sent by Life Flight to Maine Medical Center in Portland from Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. The passenger, a Minor female from Lewiston and also only on a permit, sustained a head laceration and was being treated at CMMC. 

Maine State law requires that an operator of a vehicle who holds a permit only must have a licensed driver that’s at least 20 years of age, with more than 2 years of experience, holding a valid license, sitting in the front passenger seat, and not impaired.

A North Berwick woman crashes on the Turnpike after falling asleep at the wheel

Rollover crash in BiddefordFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Monday, July 19, 2021, at approximately 7:13 a.m. a car traveling southbound on the Turnpike struck the median guardrail just south of the Old Alfred Rd. overpass in Biddeford. 

The 2017 Mazda SUV then crossed all three lanes of traffic before going off the roadway and into the woods. The car continued to roll over multiple times before landing on its roof. 

The driver, 29-year-old Lindsey Fortin of North Berwick, was trapped inside the vehicle. 

Cpl. Doug Cropper of Troop G was the first Trooper on scene and was able to break the driver’s side window, cut through the airbag curtain and extricate Fortin from the car after she was able to remove her seatbelt.
Fortin was transported to Maine Medical in Portland by Biddeford Rescue with non-life-threatening injuries. 
The Biddeford Police Department also assisted at the scene.

Dyer Brook Fatal Crash

Crashed red dump truckA crash claimed the life of one person in Dyer Brook on Wednesday morning.

On May 19, 2021 at 10:30 A.M., the Maine State Police out of Troop F responded to a motor vehicle crash in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 in Dyer Brook.  Michael Marshall, 68, of Houlton, was traveling south in a 1999 Volvo dump truck when he lost control of the truck and left the roadway.  The truck rolled over before striking several trees.  Marshall was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

Trooper Tim Saucier’s initial investigation revealed the vehicle suffered a blown tire causing it to leave the roadway.  The Maine State Police was assisted at the scene by Oakfield Fire Department, Island Falls Fire Department and Houlton Fire and Ambulance as well as Maine DOT.  Interstate 95 was restricted to one lane for several hours during the investigation.  

Speed is not considered a factor and the crash remains under investigation by the Maine State Police Troop F and the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Unit.  

Tractor Trailer carrying explosives crashes in Sabattus 

Tractor Trailer hauling explosives crashedFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

At approximately 12:30pm on May 11, 2021 a tractor trailer being driven by Casey Thomas, 48, of Sundown, NH was traveling south in the passing lane around mile marker 88 on I-95 in Sabattus, when Thomas reported that an unknown vehicle cut in front of him causing him to go into the median shoulder.  Thomas, who was driving for Maine Drilling and Blasting, stated that he could not get back into the travel portion of road and eventually struck the center guardrail.  Thomas’s vehicle was hauling explosives.  None of the explosives were released.  The vehicle sustained damage to the left front fender and 3 flat tires.  Thomas was not injured.

Portland man injured in car crash

Saco CrashFrom the desk of Shannon Moss

One person was injured after an early morning car crash in Saco.

Maine State Police say a single-vehicle crash happened on I-95 northbound at mile market 37 on Friday morning at approximately 1:28 a.m. on April 9, 2021.

Troopers says the preliminary investigation shows that 36-year-old Bradford Quinlan from Portland was driving north on I-95 when he left the roadway and his Ford F-150 rolled over into trees. 

Bradford had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was taken to Maine Medical Center for his injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation.

Maine Turnpike Worker Injured

Wine Truck From the desk of Shannon Moss

A Maine Turnpike worker escaped serious injury this morning when a tractor trailer, half loaded with wine, sideswiped a turnpike truck.

This happened on Thursday at 9:45 am at Mile Marker 92 North in Litchfield.

According to The Maine State Police the turnpike truck was parked in the breakdown lane with amber lights flashing. The driver and passenger had exited the vehicle to retrieve construction signs.


Turnpike TruckThe crew was finished picking up trash for the day when the loaded tractor-trailer truck was northbound and drifted into the breakdown lane hitting the rumble strip. The noise alerted the workers who were able to get into the ditch safely. The tractor-trailer sideswiped the pickup and then continued into the ditch where the truck rolled over.

The truck spilled its load of wine in the ditch.

The truck was driven by William Rodney Harrington, 59, from Hartford Conn.

A worker from the Turnpike, Michael Robinson, 43, was hit in the leg from debris flying from the crash. He was treated at the hospital.

Harrington was also treated for minor injuries at the hospital.

Harrington was summonsed for a logbook violation and failure to move over.

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