May 26, 2018
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Massachusetts driver dies in head-on crash in Dedham

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

DEDHAM, Maine — A Massachusetts man was killed Tuesday morning when the car he was driving crossed the centerline of U.S. Route 1A and struck a pickup truck head-on, Maine State Police Sgt. Alden Bustard said.

The fatal collision occurred at around 9:20 a.m. in front of the Dedham Town Hall.

Dallas Whatley, 39, of Taunton, Mass., was killed in the collision. Bustard said he was visiting friends in the area.

“A 2004 Infiniti was traveling north on Route 1A in Dedham, crossed the centerline and struck a 2006 Chevrolet pickup heading south” toward Ellsworth, Bustard said. “The operator of the pickup truck was transported to Eastern Maine [Medical Center] with nonlife-threatening injuries. The operator of the Infiniti [Whatley] was deceased at the scene.”

James Sullivan of Sorrento, who suffered a leg injury, was behind the wheel of the pickup truck, Bustard said. Sullivan was still being evaluated at EMMC on Tuesday evening.

Rescue crews and police from nearby Holden were called to assist Hancock County emergency responders, and officers from Bangor Police Department also responded.

Route 1A was closed to traffic after the accident and one lane was reopened at around 10:45 a.m. The roadway was completely reopened at around 1 p.m.

Deputy Jeff McFarland from Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of Bangor police, conducted the accident reconstruction, Bustard said.

Police are trying to determine why Whatley crossed the centerline, the sergeant said.

“There have been a fair number of serious accidents” along the stretch of road between Brewer and Ellsworth, Bustard said. “It’s a heavily traveled road with a high volume of traffic. There is no one factor.”

He said any fatal accident is bad, but when it happens around the holidays, it is especially hard for families.

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