Ellsworth crash victim identified as Freedom man

A motorist died in a crash involving a truck pulling a camper on Route 3, closing the road on Friday evening, June 29, 2012.
Mario Moretto | BDN
A motorist died in a crash involving a truck pulling a camper on Route 3, closing the road on Friday evening, June 29, 2012.
By Tom Groening, BDN Staff
Posted June 30, 2012, at 6:11 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Fatigue may have been a factor in the fatal head-on collision Friday afternoon on Route 1.

Killed was Austin Grant, 23, of Freedom.

Sgt. Glenn Moshier of the Ellsworth Police Department said Saturday that Grant was traveling west on Route 1 near the intersection with the Happytown Road when his 2000 Chevy S10 pickup drifted into the eastbound lane. Grant’s vehicle collided head-on with a 2007 GMC 2500 HD, a heavy duty pickup, pulling a camper trailer and traveling east.

The crash was reported at 5:28 p.m.

Grant was not wearing a seat belt, but the damage was so severe that police believe it would not have helped him survive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dale Bartley, 52, the driver of the eastbound truck, suffered scratches and cuts. His wife, Catherine Bartley, 52, suffered a contusion on her right hip. Both were using seat belts. The couple’s granddaughter, who Moshier estimated was 7 or 8 years old, complained of abdominal pain, probably from her seat belt, the officer said.

All three were transported by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, where they were treated and released.

Grant was a lobster fisherman, Moshier said, who they believe was returning to Freedom after a day at work, and may have fallen asleep while driving.

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