EDDINGTON, Maine — For unknown reasons, an Isuzu Rodeo with two people inside went off the right side of Route 9 early Thursday morning, hit some small trees, went airborne twice and then crashed into a large tree, Lt. Wesley Hussey said.
“Both occupants — a male and a female — were deceased at the scene,” said the Maine State Police lieutenant, who commands Troop E in Orono.
Speed was a factor in the deadly crash, Hussey said.
Troopers are still trying to positively identify the two people in the small SUV, which was heading east when the crash occurred at about 12:28 a.m. near the junction of Norman D Lane, located about three-quarters of a mile before Route 46.
“The vehicle, a 2007 Isuzu Rodeo, was traveling eastbound on Route 9 when it went off the right side of the road,” Hussey said. “It struck some small trees and rocks and it became airborne on two separate occasions and struck a very large tree.”
The deceased were adults in their early 30s, the lieutenant said. He declined to disclose in whose name the SUV was registered, could not say whether the man or woman was driving, and said it was too early to tell whether alcohol or drugs were contributing factors in the double fatal.
The bodies of the two victims were taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta, which is tasked with determining how they died and officially identifying them, Hussey said.
State police had hoped to release the names Thursday afternoon, but “our efforts to positively identify those occupants is ongoing,” the state police lieutenant said at about 3 p.m. “It will be tomorrow at the soonest and maybe beyond, before we will have positive ID.”
While the medical examiner works to identify the man and woman who died, state police accident reconstruction investigators are trying to determine what led up to the deadly crash.
“We really don’t know what caused them to leave the road,” Hussey said.