ASHLAND, Maine — An Ashland man was killed and a University of Maine at Presque Isle student seriously injured in a late night single-vehicle accident on Route 11 Wednesday.
Joey Clark, 34, who was killed, was one of five passengers in a 2005 F250 pickup truck driven by 21-year-old Miles Bolstridge of Portage, when the accident happened just before 11 p.m., according to Sgt. Jared Carney of the Ashland Police Department.
While they were headed north, Carney said, it appeared Bolstridge had gone off the road and overcorrected, leaving the northbound lane, striking a telephone pole and ending up 100-feet into the woods.
Another driver came upon the scene moments later and reported it to authorities.
A second passenger, 20-year-old University of Maine at Presque Isle student Jessica Campbell was taken from the scene by ambulance and later transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Carney. She was listed in good condition Thursday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesman.
UMPI student Taylor Cochran, 20, and Ashland area residents Royce McDonald, 21, and Cote Levesque, 21, were also in the truck. All three were treated at The Aroostook Medical Center and released, Carney said.
It is unknown if any of the occupants were wearing seatbelts, and the accident remains under investigation, Carney said.
The sergeant added that Clark was well known in the community.
“The entire town of Ashland is in mourning right now,” Carney said.
Likewise, officials at UMPI were reacting to news of the crash involving their students.
“The university was very saddened by news of this tragic car accident, and though our students received some very serious injuries, we are very grateful that the outcome wasn’t worse for them,” James Stepp, interim vice president of student affairs and dean of students, said in a statement late Thursday. “We’re working to aid the students in any way we can during this time, and have counseling services available for those on campus who may need them. Our thoughts are with all of those who were involved in this terrible accident, and with their families and loved ones.”
The Ashland police were assisted at the scene by members of the Maine State Police including accident reconstructionist Trooper Rob Flynn, Ashland Fire and Rescue Department, Ashland Ambulance Department, Masardis Fire and Rescue, Crown Ambulance, Border Patrol and Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department.