Orland man, 50, killed in crash

Posted March 01, 2009, at 9:45 p.m.

STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — Thomas Herbest, 50, of Orland died Friday night in a two-vehicle crash after his GMC Sonoma pickup truck inexplicably crossed the centerline and struck another pickup head-on, according to police.

The accident happened on U.S. Route 1 and the road was closed and traffic diverted on Route 174 for two hours.

The driver of the second truck, Duane Marriner, 61, of Belfast, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Waldo County General Hospital and later transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for surgery. His injuries were not life-threatening, according to a report on the accident by Waldo County Sgt. James Porter.

The impact was so violent that Herbest’s body had to be extricated from his truck. Porter said that alcohol and speed did not appear to be factors in the crash, which was reported at 7:55 p.m., and the event remains under investigation.

Porter was assisted at the scene by Stockton Springs Officer Darrin Moody, Searsport police Sgt. Steven Saucier and firefighters from Stockton Springs and Prospect.