Driver of SUV dies after crashing into box truck on snowy Route 17 in Somerville early Friday

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 21, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.

SOMERVILLE, Maine — One person was killed early Friday on Route 17 when an SUV apparently struck a commercial-size box truck on the snow-covered road.

The crash was reported to Lincoln County dispatchers at approximately 7 a.m., according to a release from Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

After an initial investigation, deputies believe the driver of the SUV, whose name has not yet been released, lost control and the vehicle struck the eastbound box truck near the intersection of Jones Road.

The name of the driver of the truck also has not yet been released.

Route 17 was covered with snow at the time of the crash and had not been treated with salt or sand, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies and the Maine State Police continued to reconstruct the crash early Friday afternoon.

According to Maker, the damage to the SUV was so extensive that officers could not initially identify the driver.

Police were attempting to notify the deceased driver’s next of kin, and Maker said the name of the victim would likely be released later Friday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Maine State Police, Delta Ambulance and fire departments from Somerville, Jefferson, Whitefield and Washington.

Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.

 

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