Ashland police chief, two others injured in moose collision

Posted Sept. 21, 2011, at 6:25 p.m.

EAGLE LAKE, Maine — Two separate motor vehicle crashes involving moose Wednesday left two people in serious condition.

Maine State Police Sgt. Tom Pelletier said that one of the crashes seriously injured Cyr Martin, chief of the Ashland Police Department.

Martin, 46, of Eagle Lake was driving his 2006 Chevy Blazer south on Route 11 between Portage and Eagle Lake about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday when a moose entered the roadway, Pelletier said. Martin’s vehicle struck the moose and swerved into the northbound lane, colliding head-on with a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck.

Martin, the driver of the pickup, 70-year-old Melford Bouchard of Newburgh, and Bouchard’s passenger, Eileen Ross of Newburgh, were taken by Fort Kent and Eagle Lake ambulances to Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

Ross was treated and then released, according to Pelletier, but Bouchard and Martin were taken by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Martin suffered serious injuries to both legs and Bouchard suffered chest injuries, the sergeant said.

Both vehicles were totaled.

State police Troopers Dan Marquis and Corey Hafford and Pelletier went to the scene of the accident. They were assisted by Eagle Lake Fire and Rescue.

The second moose crash took place on Route 11 about two hours later and three miles south of the first accident. Just before 10 a.m., a 2012 Freightliner delivery truck owned by East Branch Delivery Service of Auburn was southbound on Route 11 in Township 14 Range 6 when driver Ronald Bell of Mars Hill saw a moose step out in front of him. The truck hit and killed the moose but the truck had no damage, according to Pelletier who also investigated that crash.

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