May 24, 2018
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Hamlin woman, 56, killed in Grand Isle accident on snowy road

By Beurmond Banville, Special to the BDN

GRAND ISLE, Maine — A 56-year-old Hamlin woman was killed when her car collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 1 on Friday morning.

Lead investigator Tim Saucier of the Maine State Police confirmed that Rachel Gauvin suffered major trauma during the crash and died at the scene.

According to Saucier, Gauvin was driving northbound on Route 1 in her 2005 Ford sedan while Frank Guptill, 65, of Waldoboro was traveling southbound in a 2005 International tractor-trailer. A sign on the truck indicated it is owned by K.J. Secotte of Cushing.

Gauvin lost control of her vehicle around 10:42 a.m. on the snowy, slick roadway and skidded into the path of Guptill’s truck near the intersection with Cyr Road.

Guptill attempted to avoid the collision, but was unable to do so. Both vehicles crashed into the guardrail on the southbound side of Route 1 before colliding with each other, Saucier stated in a press release.

The front of the tractor-trailer struck the passenger side of Gauvin’s vehicle, with the force of the impact crushing the car.

After the crash, the tractor-trailer continued down the roadway and struck a telephone pole, causing downed power lines and damage to a local residence, Saucier stated.

Maine Public Service responded to repair the pole and downed lines.

Both Gauvin and Guptill were wearing seat belts, and Guptill was not injured in the crash.

Saucier was assisted at the scene by Trooper Shawn Whalen, Trooper Robert Flynn, Trooper Darryl Pelletier and Trooper Stan Jandreau. Also assisting were U.S. Border Patrol, Grand Isle Fire Department and Van Buren Ambulance.

The crash remains under investigation.

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