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Two people died Friday after a Ford Explorer they were riding in collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 1 in Columbia, according to police.

Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis said Friday that the crash occurred around 1 p.m. on Route 1 between Ridge and Marshfield roads. The section of road connects the villages of Columbia Falls and Harrington in Washington County.

Curtis said the Ford was headed east and the tractor-trailer was headed west when the collision occurred, killing two passengers in the SUV. The driver of the truck was taken to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth to be evaluated, he said.

In a statement issued later Friday, police said the driver of the truck, Sean Kelly, 56, suffered minor injuries in the collision, which occurred after the Ford crossed the centerline of the road into the path of the oncoming tractor-trailer. The truck is owned by J.B. Hunt Corp., police said.

Killed in the accident were Darold Ames, 83, and a 14-year-old boy whose name was not released. Angela Skidgel, 43, of East Machias, who was driving the Ford, also was taken to the Ellsworth hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

The sheriff’s department and Maine State Police continue to investigate the crash. Route 1 was closed for several hours following the collision, police said.

Bill Trotter

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....