June 21, 2018
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Woman killed, man seriously injured in I-95 crash early Friday, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

ALTON, Maine — A Lincoln woman was killed early Friday morning when her vehicle hit a patch of black ice on Interstate 95 and crashed into a tree, according to Maine State Police.

Jesi Rai Dawn Burleigh, 24, lost control on the Birch Stream overpass just after 5:30 a.m., state police Trooper Darren Vittum said.

Burleigh’s 2002 Suzuki burst into flames and rolled over after striking the tree, according to Vittum.

A passenger in the vehicle, Anthony Dupuis, 38, of Greenbush, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of for life-threatening injuries, Vittum said. Dupuis is expected to survive, according to the trooper.

Burleigh was pronounced dead at the scene, Vittum said. The pair were heading southbound, just north of the Alton Bog on a foggy morning. Neither were wearing seat belts, Vittum said.

Speed and road conditions were factors in the crash, Vittum said. Fog and black ice also contributed to a fatal crash in Hermon late Thursday night.

Vittum is advising drivers to slow down and be aware of black ice, especially on bridges, which tend to freeze over quickly.

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