DYER BROOK, Maine — A 17-year-old high school senior was killed instantly Tuesday morning when the vehicle she was driving slid out of control on a snow-covered roadway and was broadsided by a tractor-trailer.
Jarrica Emery, 17, of Island Falls was traveling west on Route 2 when she lost control of the 1997 Buick she was driving, State police Sgt. Julie Bergan said Tuesday evening.
Emery’s vehicle slid across the eastbound lane and into the path of a 2004 Western Star tractor-trailer driven by 40-year-old Jason Pelletier of Daigle.
Pelletier was hauling wood chips and traveling east on the roadway. He said he had just crested the hill when the Buick slid into his lane.
The truck was owned by J.D. Raymond Transport out of Dover-Foxcroft.
Pelletier was not injured. Emery died at the scene.
No information was available Tuesday on whether Emery was wearing a seat belt.
Emery was a senior at Southern Aroostook Community School in Dyer Brook and was active in its athletic program.
The truck had approximately $5,000 in damage. The Buick was totaled.
Trooper Eugene Sutton is the primary investigator. He was assisted at the scene by Troopers Tim Saucier, Robert Flynn, John Bailey and Darryl Pelletier and Bergan.
Several other minor accidents and vehicles off the road also were reported in Presque Isle and Fort Kent. Snow fell in Aroostook County for much of the day, contributing to slippery road conditions.
In Presque Isle, an accident just after noon sent one man to The Aroostook Medical Center,
In Fort Kent, Police Chief Kenneth Michaud said police had dealt with two minor accidents by Tuesday afternoon.
No other serious injuries were reported.