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Police blame confusion over traffic light for two-vehicle accident in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Confusion over who had the right of way when a stoplight turned green at the intersection of Market and Main streets caused a two-vehicle accident in Fort Kent on Thursday afternoon, according to Fort Kent Police Sgt. Dalen Boucher.

Bradley Bouchard, 33 of Fort Kent, driving a red Toyota passenger vehicle, left Rite Aid via the roadway connected to the parking lot that leads to a traffic light on Main Street. When the light turned green at about 1:30 p.m., Bouchard attempted to cross Main Street and travel south on Market Street, according to Boucher, who investigated the accident.

At the same time, 30-year-old Jason Stedt of Fort Kent, driving a one ton Ford Flatbed, and traveling northbound on Market Street, attempted a left turn onto Main Street, the police sergeant said. The two vehicles crashed head on in the middle of the intersection.

“There are a lot of near misses at that light,” Boucher said. “People think the road in front of Rite Aid is just a driveway, but it’s not; it’s a road. The light turns green on both sides there.”

Ambulance Service Inc. transported Bouchard to Northern Maine Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of a possible knee injury, according to the officer.

Bouchard’s passenger, Joseph Randall, 21, of Fort Kent, did not report any injuries. Stedt, the lone occupant in the flatbed, also was not injured in the accident, according to Boucher.

All three men were wearing their safety belts and neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash, the sergeant said.

Boucher declined to issue any citations in connection with the accident.

Volunteer members of the Fort Kent Fire Department directed traffic at the scene.

Twins towed the Toyota from the scene.

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