Palmyra man killed in single-car crash

Posted Dec. 01, 2009, at 3:39 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine- — A Palmyra man died on his way home from work Tuesday morning when the car he was driving went off the road, struck a tree and tumbled to a stop in a cow field on Route 2.

Jeffrey Guilford, 56, who was working third shift at the Verso paper mill in Jay early Tuesday, died as rescuers tried to free him from the wreckage, according to Pittsfield Police Chief Steven Emery. A LifeFlight helicopter went to the scene, a cow pasture on Route 2 less than a mile from the Pittsfield-Palmyra town line, but it wasn’t quick enough.

“It was too late when they got here,” said Emery.

Guilford, who died just a couple miles from his 86 Raymond Road home, left behind a wife and at least one daughter, age 12, said Emery, who delivered the news to Guilford’s wife shortly after the crash.

Guilford’s late-model Kia Santa Fe was traveling east at about 7:55 a.m. when the crash happened. The car’s tire tracks could be seen in the roadside grass leading through a fence and into a large tree. The car flipped onto its side and came to rest about 30 feet from the tree. There was no visible evidence that Guilford tried to brake. A crash reconstructionist from the Maine State Police was at the accident scene at about 9:30 a.m. trying to determine what happened.

The field contains numerous cows, which fled to another part of the pasture when the helicopter arrived, Emery said.

There were no witnesses to the crash, he said.