Madawaska man killed in crash with semi

Posted March 23, 2010, at 9:07 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

MADAWASKA, Maine — A 23-year-old Madawaska man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a collision with a tractor-trailer on a slush-covered section of U.S. Route 1 in the St. David section of town.

Madawaska Police Chief Ron Pelletier said Tuesday evening that the victim’s name was being withheld pending notification of family.

Pelletier said that the accident occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. about a quarter-mile from the Grand Isle town line. The victim was traveling east toward Van Buren when he lost control of the pickup he was driving as he attempted to pass a tractor-trailer.

The pickup then spun around and ended up sideways in the path of another oncoming tractor-trailer, which struck the pickup’s driver side, the chief said.

The victim was taken to Edmundston (New Brunswick) Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Pelletier said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, whose name also was withheld, was not injured, he said.

Though the posted speed limit on the section of roadway where the accident happened is 55 mph, the roads were slushy at the time, Pelletier said. He said that the pickup driver likely was driving too fast for the road conditions.

Pelletier said that hydraulic extrication equipment was used to remove the victim, who was traveling alone, from the wreckage. The chief said it was not clear whether the man was wearing a seat belt.

Personnel from the Madawaska Police Department were assisted by members of the town’s ambulance and rescue team and by the state police commercial enforcement division.

The accident remained under investigation Tuesday night, Pelletier said.

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