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Husband and wife killed in Stetson crash

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Maine State Police assist local firefighters as they work the area of a two-truck accident at the corner of Lakins Road and Mount Pleasant Road in Stetson early Wednesday evening, July 25, 2012. Two passengers were killed in the accident and two others where sent to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

STETSON, Maine — Police have released the identities of the two victims killed in a collision between two pickup trucks on Wednesday in Stetson.

Jacqueline Thompson, 43, and her husband, Arnold Thompson, 51, were killed instantly in the crash, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Thursday morning.

Jacqueline Thompson, 43, was driving a green Ford Ranger pickup headed east on East Newport Road when the vehicle failed to stop at stop sign at the intersection with Lakins Road, also known as Route 143, McCausland said. The truck drove into the path of a Chevrolet pickup driven by Jacob Chambers, 29, of Dover-Foxcroft, which broadsided Thompson’s vehicle.

Nicholas Chambers, 27, was a passenger in the Chevy pickup. Both men were transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center with minor injuries. McCausland said Thursday morning that he wasn’t sure if the two were related.

Names of the victims were withheld Wednesday night so police could notify the victims’ families.

Maine State Police Trooper Trevor Snow said at the scene on Wednesday that the crash happened about 5:15 p.m.

Firefighters and emergency medical personnel from Stetson and Etna assisted state police at the accident scene, Snow said. He said Route 143 was closed to accommodate accident reconstruction specialists.

BDN reporter Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report

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