First snow of season factors in two Fort Kent crashes
FORT KENT, Maine — Slush-covered roads resulting from the first winter snowfall in northern Maine were the cause of two crashes on U.S. Route 1 in Fort Kent on Monday, Nov. 15.
At around 11 a.m., a Fort Kent teen was involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash near Thibeault Flats right before the Frenchville town line.
The 17-year-old driver was not injured, but his 2001 Ford pickup truck received disabling damage and was towed from the scene.
Poor road conditions caused the driver to lose traction in the roadway and he was unable to stop, Fort Kent Police Chief Michael DeLena said.
Sgt. Garrett Albert and Officer Michael Paradis went to the scene of the crash. As Chief DeLena was on his way to join them at the scene, DeLena witnessed another crash on the same road.
A FedEx cargo van, followed by a 2018 Subaru, noticed the flashing lights of DeLena’s police cruiser and attempted to pull over to allow DeLena to pass when the Subaru rear-ended the cargo van.
The driver of the Subaru, Phil Ouellette, 27, of Fort Kent, also lost traction due to slushy roads, DeLena said.
Ouellette and the driver of the cargo van, Roger Brown,59, of Houlton, were uninjured.
The Subaru received significant damage and was towed from the scene. The FedEx vehicle received only minor damage.