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Head-on Crash in Northern Maine

Vehicle after crashTwo drivers escaped serious injury after a head-on collision over the holiday weekend.

On Nov. 26, 2021, Michael Deabay, 72, of Presque Isle, was driving his 2020 GMC Terrain SUV East bound on Route 163 in T11 R4 Wels when he lost control of his vehicle on the snow-covered roads and crossed the center line.  Linda Mastro, 69, of Portage, was traveling West bound on Route 163. Mastro noticed that the vehicle in the opposite lane was swerving out of control. Mastro attempted to get her vehicle over towards the ditch to avoid contact. Mastro was not able to get out of the way and Deabay struck her head on. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage in the crash. Both Deabay and Mastro were taken to the hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. It is believed that poor weather conditions, road conditions, and speed were factors in the crash.   

Amish receive minor injuries after a vehicle collided with horse and buggy

Stacyvill CrashFrom Maine State Police Troop F

Amish receive minor injuries after a vehicle collided with horse and buggy

On Nov. 16, 2021, Nancy Perkins, 77, of Patten, was driving north on State Route 11 (Station Road), Stacyville, in her 2019 Ford when she truck the back of a an Amish horse/buggy being driven by Lydia Miller, 31, of Stacyville and occupied by Miller’s three daughters, also going north on Station Road.  Miller and the three girls were ejected from the buggy and crashed on the ground to the right of the roadway.  Perkins’ vehicle continued north striking a mailbox on the Station Road before coming to rest on the opposite side of the driveway.  

Perkins was not injured in the collision.

Miller had some abrasions to her hands but did not want to be seen by the on-scene EMTs.

Two girls were taken by Patten Ambulance to a doctor in Patten for minor injuries.

The horse did not appear to be injured and was removed from the scene by other members of the Amish community.

Perkins’s vehicle was towed from the roadway by Hayes Towing (Stacyville).
 

Inclement weather contributed to Island Falls crash

Island Falls Jackknifed truckOn Nov. 16, 2021, at approximately 5:48 a.m. the State Police were called to mile marker 276 in Island Falls for a tractor trailer that had jackknifed, blocking both lanes of travel.  

Tp. Tim Saucier learned that Rayon Pyne, 27, of Brooklyn, NY, was traveling north when lost control of the vehicle due to icy road conditions and the unit jack-knifed in the roadway striking a guardrail and coming to rest blocking both travel lanes.  Pyne was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.  

The tractor trailer was towed from the scene due to disabling damage.  The interstate was closed for approximately 90 min before the unit could be removed.   
 

Mars Hill Critical Incident

UPDATE:  The situation has been resolved and the shelter in place/lock doors request has been lifted. Thank you for your assistance. 

Due to a critical incident in Mars Hill, law enforcement are asking for the public to shelter and lock their doors. We will update as the situation evolves.

 

Media inquiries should be directed to the Aroostook County SO for more information.

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.  

Nashville Plantation Crash

A 20-year-old driver escaped serious injury after a crash over the weekend.

At approximately 3 p.m., on April 18, 2021, State Police in Troop F received a report of a rollover crash on Route 11 in Nashville Plantation (just north of Ashland).  Trooper Ted Martin responded to the crash as did Ashland Police Department, Fire Department, and Ambulance Service.  Trooper Martin’s investigation revealed that 20-year-old Lindsey Brown of Eddington had been traveling north in a 2010 Chevrolet Aveo when she attempted to pass another vehicle.  As she was in the process of passing the vehicle, Brown lost control of the vehicle she was driving, it rolled over, and came to rest on its roof in the roadway.  Ms. Brown was able to exit the vehicle on her own and was treated at the scene for minor injuries.  

One lane of Route 11 was closed for a short period of time until the wreckage could be removed from the roadway.  

Speed and inexperience were contributing factors in the crash.  As a result of the investigation, Brown was charged with Illegal Transportation of Alcohol, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
 

Oakfield Crash

Oakfield CrashAn Island Falls woman escaped serious injury after a crash involving a tractor trailer in Oakfield. 

At approximately 7 a.m., on March 19, 2021, Tpr. Hunter Cotton and Sgt. Chadwick Fuller responded to a crash in the northbound lanes of I-95 in Oakfield.  The investigation revealed that 32-year-old Audrey Violette, of Island Falls, was traveling north on the interstate when she became distracted by something in her vehicle.  As she became distracted, Ms. Violette drifted into the adjacent lane and drove under the rear tractor wheels of a northbound tractor trailer being driven by 50-year-old Kenneth McNally, of Sherman.  Her vehicle went under the rear wheels of the trailer, flipped over, and then skidded down the interstate coming to rest on a guardrail.  Ms. Violette was eventually helped out of her vehicle by a Good Samaritan.  

She was transported to Houlton Regional Hospital by ambulance with what appeared to be minor injuries.  The crash remains under investigation; however, the primary cause is distraction.
 

Mapleton Crash

The Maine State Police responded to Main St. in Mapleton on Sept. 18, 2020 at 12:56 p.m., for a two-vehicle head-on crash.  The investigation indicated that a 2016 Suburban, operated by Orpheus Allison, 56, of Mapleton, was traveling west through a construction zone and failed to return to the westbound lane.  A 2013 Chevrolet pickup operated by Carter McLaughlin, 23, Mapleton, of was stopped in traffic, in the east bound lane.  Allison struck the front of the McLaughlin’s pickup causing disabling damage to both vehicles.  A 2002 GMC pickup, operated by Frank Marcello, was stopped behind McLaughlin.  The impact caused McLaughlins pickup to be pushed back into the front of Marcello’s vehicle.  The cause of the crash is believed to have been caused by a medical condition.  Allison was transported to AR Gould Northern Lights Hospital in Presque Isle for non-life-threatening injuries.  McLaughlin was not injured in the crash.  Marcello had minor injuries.  

New Limerick Log Truck Crash

Log Truck CrashOn August 27, 2020, at approximately 2:36 a.m., the Houlton Regional Communication Center (RCC) received a report of a crash on the County Road in New Limerick.  Tr. Tim Saucier responded and once on scene learned it was a loaded log truck which had lost its load of logs into the ditch.  Tr. Saucier’s investigation determined 25-year-old Dustin Belanger of Mapleton was traveling West on the County Rd in a 2014 Peterbuilt log truck owned by Larry Belanger of Mapleton when an issue with an axle caused the truck to crash into the ditch and rollover.  Dustin suffered minor injuries and was not transported.  DOT and DEP responded to assist at the scene.  

Mars Hill Chase

Mars Hill Truck Two juvenile males are in custody after leading police on a brief chase in Mars Hill. 

On August 19, 2020, at approximately 8:43 a.m., Sgt. Jeffrey Clark was traveling south on the West Ridge Road in Mars Hill when he met a pick-up traveling north and operating erratically.  The vehicle had a snow plow equipped that was dragging on the hot top and no registration plates.  Sgt. Clark attempted to stop the vehicle to address the violations.  

The operator, later determined to be a male juvenile, refused to stop and increased his speed to approximately 80 mph.  The vehicle continued to operate erratically and drove off the right side of the roadway, becoming airborne into a field and came to rest in the woodline.  Sgt. Clark placed two juvenile males into custody.  No one was injured in the crash.  The crash is being investigated by Cpl. Dennis Quint of the Maine State Police.

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