DEXTER, Maine — An elderly Dover-Foxcroft man is dead after the car he was driving was struck head-on by a pickup truck that crossed the centerline along Route 7 early Thursday morning, according to police.
Dexter police Officer Gary Morin received a report of a two-vehicle crash about half a mile from the Dexter-Garland town line at 3:49 a.m., Dexter police Chief Kevin Wintle said on Thursday afternoon.
A Dayton man was traveling south along Route 7 in a white Ford pickup truck when he crossed the centerline and struck a silver Chevrolet Impala driven by an elderly Dover-Foxcroft man, who was driving north, said Wintle.
“The pickup appeared to have lost control and went into the southbound lane, striking the Impala head on,” he said, adding that roads were clear at the time of the crash.
The names of both men involved were being withheld because police are still notifying the families, Wintle said.
The man driving the Impala was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
The man driving the pickup was transported to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft and later to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police assisted in accident reconstruction. Route 7 was closed for approximately three hours before being reopened at 7 a.m.
The accident remains under investigation by Dexter police. It is too early to say whether charges will be filed, Wintle said.
Both vehicles were totaled and impounded as part of the investigation, he said.
The Dover-Foxcroft man driving the Impala was wearing his seat belt, said Wintle. It was unclear whether the man driving the pickup was wearing his seat belt.
Dover-Foxcroft police assisted at the scene as well as fire departments from Dexter, Garland and Dover-Foxcroft.