WINTHROP, Maine — Police in Kennebec County are investigating the cause of a head-on collision that claimed the life of a Winthrop woman Friday afternoon.
Rosemaire Lola, 44, was headed eastbound on Route 202 in her Chevy Blazer when the vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a tanker truck driven by George Savage, 74, of Sidney, Winthrop police Officer Paul Ferland said.
Lola was killed instantly, according to Ferland, while Savage, who was hauling 1,500 gallons of septic material, suffered minor injuries.
Ferland said Tuesday it’s unclear why Lola’s vehicle crossed the centerline.
“It’s still under investigation,” he said. “The accident is being reconstructed by Officer John Hall of the Winthrop Police Department.”
Savage’s rig is owned by Pat Jackson-TriCity Septic Service of Augusta, according to Ferland.
The accident, which occurred just after 2 p.m. Friday, shut down traffic on one of the state’s busiest highways. Fernald said the traffic volume was fairly high at the time of the crash.
“Route 202 remained closed in both directions for about four hours,” he said.
Both vehicles were demolished in the accident, Ferland said. Kennebec County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Monmouth police and the Winthrop Fire Department, provided assistance at the scene.