TOWNSHIP 7 — A motorist died in a head-on collision between two Ford pick-up trucks, which caught fire after colliding Friday night on Route 1 near the Hancock-Washington county line, according to Hancock County Sheriff’s Lt. Corey Bagley.
“The name of the deceased is not being released at this time pending an autopsy,” Bagley said.
Timothy Smith, 32, and Payton Smith, 5, both of Steuben, were in one of the trucks, a Ford F-150, and were pulled out of their truck by motorists who came across the crash, the lieutenant said.
The driver who died had been operating a Ford Ranger.
“Attempts to get into the Ford Ranger were also made but were unsuccessful,” said Bagley.
“The investigation revealed that the Ford Ranger travelling west on Route 1 crossed the center line directly into the path of the Ford F-150 driven by Timothy Smith, both vehicles hit head-on causing the vehicles to catch on fire,” said Bagley.
The crash was called in at 10:18 p.m., Bagley said
“Timothy Smith was wearing his seatbelt; Payton was in a car seat at the time of the accident,” Bagley said, adding that Timothy suffered possible multiple fractures and Payton may have injured her collar bone.
Police do not know at this time if the operator of the Ford Ranger was wearing his seatbelt.
In addition to Bagley, Deputy Dan Harlan and Deputy Dakota Dupuis, investigate the crash. Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Gouldsboro Police Department, Winter Harbor Police Department, State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Gouldsboro Fire Department, Winter Harbor Fire Department, Steuben Fire Department, Sullivan Fire Department, and the Sorrento Fire Department.
The Cherryfield Fire Department and Hancock Fire Department assisted with re-routing traffic through Rt. 182 while Rt. 1 was closed down, Bagley said.
Schoodic Rescue, Sullivan Rescue and Northern Lights Medical Transport also responded.
Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeff McFarland is reconstructing the accident, which is still under investigation.