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Black ice blamed in fatal accident in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — A local man was killed early Sunday when he apparently lost control of his vehicle on an icy patch of road and crashed, according to police. 

Scott Boucher, 47, was traveling southbound in a 2000 Ford pickup truck on South Perley Brook Road near Little Black Lake shortly before 7 a.m. on Sunday when he failed to negotiate a curve after crossing a patch of black ice, Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier said Monday.

A nearby resident heard the crash and called for help.

Officer Curtis Picard of the Fort Kent Police Department responded to the scene and found the pickup down an embankment resting sideways against a tree.

Members of the Fort Kent Fire Department needed to use the Jaws of Life hydraulic device to remove Boucher, the sole occupant, from the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Maine State Police assisted in reconstructing the accident and determining that it was caused by slippery road conditions, Pelletier said.

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