June 18, 2018
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Frenchville man killed in single vehicle accident

Courtesy photo | BDN
Courtesy photo | BDN
The scene of a fatal accident in Frenchville along Route 1 on Sunday.


FRENCHVILLE, Maine — A Frenchville man who was reportedly speeding and operating his vehicle erratically died on Sunday evening after a single vehicle crash in Frenchville.

Maine State Police Sgt. Tom Pelletier said in a written statement Monday that police are looking into the accident that caused the death of Craig Collins, 31, of Frenchville.

According to Pelletier, the accident took place on U.S. Route 1 at about 7:15 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Pelletier said that roughly a half-hour before the crash, a caller contacted the  state police barracks in Houlton to report that a green Honda Accord was operating erratically on Route 161 in the Cross Lake area.

Troopers were dispatched to the area in an attempt to locate the car, but were unable to do so.

The same caller contacted state police a short time later to report that the vehicle had made it to U.S. Route 1 in Frenchville and was south bound toward Madawaska.

Before police were able to intercept the vehicle, the citizen called police again to report that the Honda Accord had crashed.

Police said Collins lost control of his 2000 Honda Accord as he was traveling at a high rate of speed. The car careened off the roadway and into a ditch before rolling over.

Collins, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle onto the roadway.

Attempts to resuscitate Collins were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pelletier and Trooper Dan Marquis continue to investigate the accident. They were assisted at the scene by members of the Madawaska Police department and ambulance services in Madawaska and Fort Kent.

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