Mother, daughter die in Harrison crash with logging truck

Posted May 02, 2012, at 10:12 p.m.
Last modified May 03, 2012, at 6:33 a.m.

HARRISON, Maine — A woman and her mother died Wednesday in a crash with a fully loaded logging truck, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Linda S. Labonte, 63, of Harrison, driver of the Ford Mustang, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Carmen R. Smith, 85, of Harrison later was pronounced dead at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Police reported the accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. on Route 117. Labonte’s Mustang crossed the centerline and traveled into the path of the truck, driven by Jeffery Coffin, 43, of South Paris, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Coffin left the road in an effort to avoid the oncoming car but still was struck, police said.

The truck’s load of logs spilled, as did about 180 gallons of diesel fuel, police said. The Department of Environmental Protection was called to the scene of the crash to clean up the fuel.

The accident remains under investigation. No further information was available late Wednesday.