Excessive speed on icy road blamed for head-on collision in Aroostook

Posted Nov. 21, 2012, at 4:08 p.m.

MORO PLANTATION, Maine — Excessive speed on an icy Route 11 is being blamed for a head-on collision Wednesday morning in this southern Aroostook community.

Despite both vehicles being totalled, only minor injuries were reported.

Robert Lannon, 62, of Fort Kent was traveling southbound at about 7:15 a.m. in his 2004 Toyota Corolla when he lost control on the ice covered road, according to Maine State Police Trooper Timmy Saucier. Lannon’s car skidded into the northbound lane where it struck a 2006 Dodge Charger operated by 47-year-old Lincoln Davenport of Glenburn.

Saucier attributed the cause of the accident to excessive speed for road conditions.

The crash was called in by Davenport’s girlfriend, Stacy Raymond, who was traveling behind Davenport in a separate vehicle and witnessed the crash, according to Saucier. The trooper said Raymond narrowly missed striking Lannon’s vehicle as well.

After the impact, Lannon’s vehicle came to rest in the southbound lane and Davenport’s vehicle came to rest in the ditch of the northbound lane.

Neither Lannon nor his wife, 73-year-old Essie Lannon, who was a passenger in his car, were injured, according to Saucier.

Davenport suffered minor injuries to his left wrist, but his 12-year-old son, who was a passenger in his vehicle, was not harmed, Saucier said.

All of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

Saucier said both vehicles sustained several thousand dollars in damage and were considered total losses.

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