St. John Valley

Fort Kent man killed in single-vehicle crash

A Fort Kent man died in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Cross Lake Township, according to Maine State Police.
Mark Paradis, 38, died when his 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup drifted off Route 161 in Cross Lake Township and into the woods, striking several trees that toppled power lines, causing a local power outage, police said.

Maine State Police believe these tire tracks indicate Paradis, 38, of Fort Kent fell asleep early Saturday morning while driving his 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup before the truck drifted off Route 161 in Cross Lake Township and struck some trees. Paradis, the sole occupant, was killed in the crash.
Maine State Police photo

Paradis died at the scene, according to state police Cpl. Corey Hafford.
Investigators believe Paradis, who was the only person involved in the crash, fell asleep while driving. Someone called police at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday to report the vehicle off the road.
The driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
An investigation of the crash continues.

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