AUBURN, Maine — A two-car crash Sunday at the intersection of Minot Avenue and Allain Park has claimed the life of an Auburn man and left an Arundel man in critical condition, according to a news release from Auburn police.
Rick Farr, 43, of Auburn was traveling east on Minot Avenue in a silver Audi when it was struck by a westbound Jeep Cherokee hauling a snowmobile trailer operated by 37-year-old Matthew Harris of Arundel.
The impact of the crash split the Audi in half and sent the Jeep Cherokee into a telephone pole, bringing down the primary power lines.
Farr, who was alone in the vehicle, was killed instantly. As of Sunday night, Harris was in critical condition at Central Maine Medical Center.
Harris’s passenger, 35-year-old Sherri Walkeling of Arundel, was in satisfactory condition at CMMC.
Crowds gathered on either side of the yellow police tape as officers reconstructed the crash, took photos and cleared the road of debris.
The Audi was completely broken in two, with pieces of the car strewn across yards, the street and the driveway of a home at the intersection.
The second vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee hauling a trailer with a snowmobile, was about 500 feet away on Minot Avenue in front of the nursing facility. Another 500 feet up the road were the trailer and snowmobile.
Preliminary investigation shows that Harris may have experienced some type of medical event just prior to the accident, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.
The crash remains under investigation. The Auburn police are being assisted by an accident reconstructionist from the Maine State Police.
Auburn Public Works, United Ambulance, Central Maine Power, FairPoint Communications and Time Warner Cable also assisted at the scene.
The neighborhood was without power for several hours until Central Maine Power crews replaced the utility pole that was sheared in half as a result of the accident. Minot Avenue was also closed until about 7 p.m. for accident reconstruction and utility work.