Corinna man dies in crash in Newport

Posted Aug. 08, 2010, at 7:10 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — A Corinna man was seen speeding and passing people on Interstate 95 Sunday night in the minutes before his gray pickup truck left the highway and slammed into the Ridge Road overpass.

James Shann, 54, died in the 5:50 p.m. crash that occurred after he drove his 2005 Ford F-250 in the highway’s median for about two-tenths of a mile, Maine State Police Trooper Brenda Coolen said.

“We had several witnesses say he was speeding and passing traffic before he left the roadway,” she said.

The crushed truck was “probably the worst I’ve seen in my 20 years” in law enforcement, Coolen said.

Extrication equipment was needed to remove Shann’s body from the wreckage, she said.

The crash occurred near mile marker 159, and debris was thrown all over the roadway.

Newport police and fire and ambulance crews from Sebasticook Hospital responded and were parked along one side of the highway, which reduced the travel lanes to one.

Assistance also was provided by the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and the State Police commercial truck division, the trooper said.

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