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Fort Kent man killed in head-on collision

HAMLIN, Maine — A Fort Kent man died Thursday afternoon when his pick-up collided head-on with a tractor trailer in Hamlin, according to the Maine State Police.

Michael Marquis, 27, was traveling southbound on Route 1A at 2:30 p.m. when his 2009 Chevrolet Colorado crossed the centerline into the path of a northbound 2017 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, MSP Sgt. Jeffrey Clark reported in a press release.

The operator of the tractor-trailer, Kenneth Cormier, 59, of Grand Isle attempted to avoid the collision, but was unsuccessful.

Marquis, who had been wearing a seatbelt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cormier, was not wearing a seatbelt, but did not report any injuries.

Both the pick-up and the tractor-trailer were destroyed in the crash.

Route 1A was shut down for about five hours while police investigated and the vehicles were towed from the scene.

Speed was not a factor in the crash that remains under investigation, according to the police report.

Members of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office,  Presque Isle Police Department, Van Buren Fire and Ambulance, Maine Department of Transportation, and Maine Department of Environmental Protection assisted at the scene.

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