Millinocket man dies in truck crash

Posted Sept. 28, 2009, at 9:17 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:12 p.m.

TOWNSHIP 1 RANGE 9, Maine — Aid from a doctor who was passing by couldn’t save a Millinocket man who died in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday, a Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department investigator said Monday.

Steven Seamans, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, Investigator Allen Emerson said.

“He had serious trauma to his chest from the impact of the steering wheel,” Emerson said Monday. “but he has had some medical issues recently that could have contributed to the accident. We are not sure.”

Seamans’ body was examined Monday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta, but no cause or manner of death has yet been determined, a spokeswoman said.

Seamans was driving his 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck north on Millinocket Lake Road, or Lake Road, about two-tenths of a mile north of Katahdin Air Service when he veered sharply off the road, crossed the centerline and struck a large rock on the roadside, Emerson said.

A doctor and his wife apparently were passing by when they saw the pickup truck and tried to help Seamans, Emerson said.

“He did what he could do, but the man was deceased right there in the vehicle. He [Seamans] took a pretty hard hit to the chest from the steering wheel,” Emerson said.

Relatives of Seamans’ told Emerson that Seamans recently had some medical problems, Emerson said. He declined to elaborate.

The Millinocket Fire Department and ambulance service went to the scene, as did the Maine Warden Service and rangers from Baxter State Park, Emerson said.

Emerson never learned the doctor’s name. The doctor had left the scene before he arrived, he said.

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