June 25, 2018
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Presque Isle crash claims life of 4-year-old girl

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 1 shortly before noon Wednesday has left a 4-year-old girl dead and three adults injured.

Though the child’s name was being withheld Wednesday evening, Presque Isle police confirmed that she was a passenger in a 2003 Pontiac Montana driven by Sarah Berube, 26, of Presque Isle.

Berube was stopped in the southbound lane of Route 1 waiting to turn onto Craig Road when her van was struck from behind by a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Arthur Cullins, 73, of Caribou, according to Presque Isle police Sgt. Mark Barnes.

Cullins did not see that the van had stopped, Barnes said in a news release issued early Wednesday evening.

The crash sent both vehicles into the northbound lane and shoulder, forcing other vehicles off the road to avoid a collision, Barnes said.

The girl was taken by ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center, where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Also taken to TAMC were Berube, Cullins and Jeffrey Ouellette, 31, who was a passenger in Berube’s van.

Ouellette was treated and released, Barnes said. He said Cullins had minor injuries but did not have information about the extent of Berube’s injuries. Information about their medical conditions was not available Wednesday.

Route 1, which was closed for nearly three hours after the crash, since has been reopened.

The accident remains under investigation by Presque Isle police Officers Cole Chandler, Chris Hayes and Peter Johnson.

They were assisted at the scene by Caribou police, Presque Isle firefighters, Caribou fire and emergency medical personnel and Crown Ambulance, as well as personnel from the Maine Warden Service and the Maine Department of Transportation.

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