BANGOR, Maine — Only two days into the Labor Day holiday weekend, authorities had reported five fatal automobile accidents in Maine.
On Sunday, police reportedly found the body of a woman inside a vehicle that had been driven into the ocean in Lamoine. That same morning, authorities in Turner found a vehicle ablaze with someone inside, and in Hudson, a man was ejected from a pickup truck and died.
A Mars Hill man was arrested and charged Sunday with operating under the influence in connection with the fatal two-vehicle accident at 6:20 p.m. Saturday that claimed the life of a Medway man.
In addition to the OUI charge, William Barton, 51, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, according to information released by the Maine State Police on Sunday afternoon.
Nathan York, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Route 1 accident. York was a passenger in a 2001 Chrysler wagon driven by his son Jerome York, 21, also of Medway.
According to information released by Sgt. Brian Harris of the Maine State Police, York was driving north on Route 1 in Mars Hill on Saturday night when his vehicle collided head-on with a southbound 2010 Ford pickup driven by Barton.
The accident occurred just north of town near the Maine DOT garage, Harris said.
York’s vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its side in the ditch, Harris reported.
A second passenger in York’s vehicle, his uncle Herb Young, 52, of Mars Hill, was taken by ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center with serious injuries and subsequently transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was listed in serious condition on Sunday afternoon with severe internal trauma.
The Jaws of Life was used to extricate the occupants of York’s vehicle.
Jerome York and Barton were taken to TAMC by Crown Ambulance, where they were treated and then released.
Harris reported all occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident and all air bags deployed. Both vehicles were declared total losses.
On Sunday, Trooper Robert Flynn was working with Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Maine Warden Service to reconstruct the accident, which remains under investigation.
Trooper Shawn Whalen was assisted at the accident scene by Harris, Trooper Dennis Quint and Trooper Jillian Monahan. The Mars Hill Fire Department and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department also went to the scene.
Anyone with any information on the crash is encouraged to call the Maine State Police at 532-5400.
Maine State Police also are investigating the death of a woman found around 6:30 a.m. Sunday in a submerged rental car in Eastern Bay in Lamoine.
According to a statement released by police, the body of Joann Boardman, 48, of Palm Coast, Fla., was found Sunday morning in a car submerged in the water at the end of Route 184. A passer-by saw the roof of the car sticking out of the water and called police.
A popular beach and swimming area with views of Mount Desert Island is at the end of the highway.
“It appears that Boardman had just left a family wedding reception to return to her hotel in Hancock but headed in the wrong direction,” state police wrote in the statement. “Boardman was not familiar with the area of the crash where the paved road ends at the ocean’s edge.”
The rental car was a 2012 silver-colored Ford Focus registered to EAN Holdings LLC of Tulsa, Okla., according to police. The accident is under investigation by Maine State Police Detective Carleton Small.
Also early Sunday morning, a 19-year-old man died after he was ejected from a pickup truck on Route 43 in Hudson.
Jacob Perkins of Westbrook and Bradford was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called to the scene on Route 43, also known as West Old Town Road, at 4:10 a.m. Sunday, Sgt. Roy Peary of the sheriff’s office said Sunday. The accident occurred between Rogers Market and Meadow Brook Lane.
A preliminary investigation suggested that speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, he said.
Perkins was traveling in a Chevy pickup truck from Hudson toward Old Town when he apparently missed a turn, according to Peary. The truck rolled in a field and the victim was ejected into the woods.
More than 14 hours after the accident, it was unclear if the 19-year-old was driving or was a passenger in the vehicle.
The accident still is under investigation, Peary said.
Personnel from the Maine State Police, Old Town and Bangor assisted in the accident reconstruction.
In Yarmouth, the cause of a single-car accident at 4:45 p.m. Saturday that killed a resident is still under investigation, according to a dispatcher for Yarmouth and Falmouth.
Chad Meier, 36, died when his 1991 Nissan pickup went off the road near 780 East Main St., according to dispatcher Eric Dupuis. Meier’s vehicle reportedly hit a stump before flipping over. Dupuis said Meier was not wearing a seat belt and that the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
No other information was available Sunday evening, said Dupuis.
Authorities also weren’t releasing much information about a fatal crash early Sunday morning in Turner, according to the Sun Journal.
The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department reported that deputies were called to the scene of the single-vehicle crash at 2:50 a.m. Sunday at the corner of Center Bridge Road and Back Cove. Upon arrival, investigators found the vehicle engulfed in flames and discovered the remains of a body inside.
A news release issued by the department reported that although a tentative identification of the driver has been made, investigators are not releasing the name of the victim until an identity has been confirmed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office and family has been notified.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The Sheriff’s Department is being assisted by the Maine State Police in reconstructing the crash.
BDN writers Bill Trotter in Ellsworth, Christopher Cousins in Woolwich, Judy Harrison in Bangor, free-lance writer Julia Bayly in Fort Kent, and the Sun Journal in Lewiston contributed to this report.