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Minivan and tractor trailer collide in Grand Isle

GRAND ISLE, Maine — Early Monday evening, Nov. 28, Maine State Police received a report that a tractor trailer and minivan had collided on U.S. Route 1 in Grand Isle, and a driver was trapped inside a vehicle.

The driver of this tractor trailer received minor injuries after a collision with a minivan on U.S. Route 1 in Grand Isle on Monday evening, Nov. 28, 2016. (Contributed photo)

The driver of this tractor trailer received minor injuries after a collision with a minivan on U.S. Route 1 in Grand Isle on Monday evening, Nov. 28, 2016. (Contributed photo)

Trooper Curtin responded to the scene.

The initial police investigation revealed that Dennis Pelletier, age 54 of Caribou, had been traveling west on U.S. Route 1 in Grand Isle in a 2006 Chrysler Minivan when he fell asleep and veered into oncoming traffic. Pelletier struck a tractor trailer unit head-on, causing substantial damage to both vehicles.

The 2017 FRHT Tractor Trailer, which 58-year-old Lawrence Davis of Blanchard Township was operating, was left disabled in the middle of the roadway, causing traffic delays.

Rescue crews were able to free Pelletier from his vehicle and transported him to Cary Medical Center in Caribou with non life-threatening injuries. Davis was transported to Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent with minor injuries.

The Grand Isle Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

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