Man dies in crash on Route 1 in Stockton Springs

Posted May 19, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.
Last modified May 19, 2014, at 8:06 p.m.

STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — Maine State Police say an area man who would have turned 80 on Tuesday was killed in a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Route 1.

Philip Grindle died at the crash scene, near the intersection of Route 1 and Muskrat Farm Road, according to Trooper Benjamin Sweeney.

The investigation into how the crash occurred continues, Sweeney said, but one of the vehicles involved crossed the centerline for an “unknown reason” around 3:40 p.m.

Grindle was the only occupant of a white sedan heading north on Route 1. The other two vehicles, an SUV and another sedan, were traveling south, according to Sweeney.

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There were three occupants in the other two vehicles and all were taken to Waldo County General Hospital with injuries that weren’t believed to be life-threatening though “some were more serious than others,” the trooper said.

The road remained closed as of 7 p.m., though crews could clear the scene and reopen the road soon, Sweeney said.

Sweeney declined to say whether he believed the wet weather or something else might have contributed to the crash.

“We’re still keeping all options open on what happened here,” he said.

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