A Fort Kent woman was killed in a fatal crash on Route 161 in Madawaska Lake on May 27, 2021. Credit: Courtesy of Aroostook County Sheriff

MADAWASKA LAKE, Maine — A Fort Kent woman was killed on Thursday morning after the vehicle she was driving crossed the centerline on Route 161 in Madawaska Lake, striking another vehicle head-on, according to Aroostook County Sheriff Shawn Gillen.

Kelsey Whitely, 28, who was heading north on Route 161, was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

When Whitely crossed the centerline in a 2016 Ford SUV, she struck a 2011 GMC SUV driven by Chantal Hayes, 44, also of Fort Kent, according to the sheriff.

Hayes, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Cary Medical Center in Caribou and later transferred to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious injuries.

Route 161 was shut down for approximately six hours while the crash was being investigated and vehicles removed. The investigation is ongoing.

Correction: A previous version of this story and photo caption misstated the location of the crash. It was in Madawaska Lake.

Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli

Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli is a reporter covering the Presque Isle area. Over the years, she has covered crime, investigations, health, politics and local government, writing for the Washington Post, the...