FAIRFIELD, Maine — A Vassalboro man died Saturday in an accident on the Norridgewock Road in Fairfield that also cut power to many in the town.
Frederic Bragdon, 69, may have had a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of his pickup truck, according to Sgt. Matthew Bard of the Fairfield Police Department. After accident reconstruction, officials believe that speed was not a factor in the crash and do not think that alcohol was, either, Bard said.
Someone saw the 2003 Chevy truck traveling erratically before Bragdon hit a utility pole and took down power lines, Bard said. The accident was reported to police at 11:21 a.m.
“He probably hit the busiest pole out there,” Bard said.
The outage affected a large area of town, he said.
Bard said it was still unknown whether Bragdon died because of a medical condition or as a result of the accident. The state medical examiner’s office was doing an autopsy Sunday.
A dog that was riding in Bragdon’s vehicle was uninjured in the accident. Police took it to the Waterville Humane Society because they initially did not have success contacting his family members, Bard said.
In addition to the Fairfield police, emergency crews from the Fairfield Fire Department, Delta Ambulance, and Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene. Bragdon was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville, where officials pronounced him dead.