ELLSWORTH — A Blue Hill man was killed on Thursday afternoon when the truck he was driving collided head-on with a car driven by 82-year-old James Steenstra of Hancock, according to a press release from the Ellsworth Police Department.
Steenstra’s car, a Nissan, was reportedly heading south on Route 1A around 1:25 p.m. when witnesses told police it crossed over into the path of the truck, driven by 57-year-old Nathan Rapp, which was heading north. Rapp was dead at the scene, according to police.
When officers arrived they found both vehicles with extensive front-end damage. Ellsworth Fire Department personnel extricated both drivers.
The crash happened near the U-Store, according to police. A 15-year-old passenger in Rapp’s truck was transported to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital for observation.
Steenstra and his passenger, 79-year-old Virginia Steenstra, were also transported to Maine Coast with non-life-threatening injuries.
“It does not appear that speed or drug or alcohol impairment contributed to the crash,” said Police Department Chief Glenn Moshier in the release.
Traffic backed up through the city for several hours as a result of the crash, with police diverting cars heading southbound onto the Christian Ridge Road. The road reopened around 4:30 p.m., according to a post on the Ellsworth Police Department Facebook page.
The crash is being investigated by Officer Joshua Steward and will be reconstructed by Sgt. Chad Wilmot of the Ellsworth Police Department.