KNOX — A mother and her 15-year-old daughter were killed at about 7:50 a.m. Wednesday when the mother lost control of her Subaru Outback on Bailey Road in Knox and slid into the path of a tanker truck, according to police.
Laura Breault, 48, of Knox was driving her daughter Jessica, 15, to school when she lost control of her vehicle and skidded into the path of the oncoming 18-wheeler, according to Chief Deputy Bob Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. The tanker truck, driven by Daniel Crockett Sr., 44, of Rome, struck the Subaru broadside on the passenger side.
Keating said police believe the victims died instantly.
Crockett was not injured. The tanker, owned by M.A. Haskell and Sons of Palermo, was hauling milk.
Jessica was a student at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Brooks, a small school connected to the Brooks Pentecostal Church.
The school was deserted early Wednesday afternoon, and a woman at the home next door who works there said classes were canceled after the accident. About 20 students attend the school, the woman said.
Efforts to reach Pastor Matthew Shaw of the church were unsuccessful. Keating said that the family’s pastor is also a rescue worker and that he helped at the scene of the accident earlier in the day.
The crash, along with another fatal accident in Troy in which a UMaine student was killed on his way to a final exam, was among nine accident reports that the sheriff’s office had responded to by early Wednesday afternoon as 3 to 5 inches of snow fell on the region, Keating said.
“It’s very slippery out there,” he said.