TOWNSHIP 28 — Police said icy road conditions and speed are considered to be likely factors in an accident on Route 9 on Friday morning that killed a Pembroke woman and left her husband in critical condition.
Maine State Police Trooper Cliff Peterson said police believe the 2002 Kia that Lorraine Rice, 74, was riding in was traveling at a speed unsafe for the slippery conditions of the road.
“It appears the Kia was being driven faster than the road conditions would allow, which caused the vehicle to go into an uncontrolled skid,” Peterson said Friday afternoon. “Route 9 at that time was very icy and slippery.”
The accident occurred in Township 28, between the towns of Aurora in Hancock County and Beddington in Washington County.
Rice’s husband, 75-year-old Wayne Rice, was driving the Kia west on Route 9 around 8:30 a.m. Friday when it slid into the path of a 2009 GMC Yukon, according to a statement from the Maine Department of Public Safety. The GMC, driven by Holly Hubley, 45, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was headed east when the Kia crossed the centerline at a curve. The GMC struck the Kia’s passenger side in the eastbound lane of the highway.
Lorraine Rice was killed instantly, according to police. Wayne Rice was flown from the scene of the accident by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he remained in critical condition Friday afternoon, Peterson said.
Hubley and her passenger, Trevor Graney, 35, also of Halifax, were taken by ambulance to EMMC, were treated and then released, according to the trooper.
“They complained of chest pain, presumably from their seat belts,” he said.
Both vehicles were demolished in the collision. Route 9 was closed to traffic for about two hours while emergency responders and investigators assisted the injured motorists and then documented and cleaned up the scene.