TOWNSHIP 10 RANGE 3, Maine — Speed and defective tires likely were responsible for a head-on collision in this unorganized territory Monday evening.
Two people received minor injuries stemming from the accident, which took place at 6:40 p.m. Monday on a gravel road about 1½ miles from the East Chapman Road. Township 10 Range 3 is west of Mars Hill in Aroostook County.
Maine State Police Sgt. Tom Pelletier said Tuesday that Kenneth Michaud, 20, of Presque Isle was southbound on the roadway in his 1998 Ford when he lost control of the vehicle negotiating a curve on the gravel road.
At the same time, 18-year-old Eric Williams from Bradley was operating a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer northbound on the gravel road when he met with Michaud’s vehicle. Michaud’s vehicle had veered out of control when he collided head on with Williams’ vehicle.
Williams was traveling alone and was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt, according to Pelletier.
Michaud also was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries in the crash. His passenger, Kylee Patterson, 18, hometown unavailable, also suffered minor injuries. Patterson was wearing a seat belt.
Michaud and Patterson were taken by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center. They were later released.
Pelletier said speed and defective tires appeared to be the cause of the accident.
Both vehicles were totaled.
Trooper Rob Flynn investigated the accident assisted by members of the Presque Isle Fire Department.