Verona Island woman, child killed in Liberty crash

ELLSWORTH — State police say a woman and a young boy died in a fatal two-vehicle crash on Route 3 in Liberty Wednesday evening.

Dead are 64-year-old Janice Minson of Verona Island and 9-year-old Colby Adams of Hope. Troopers said Minson was driving a car that crossed the centerline and collided with an oncoming pickup. She died shortly after arrival at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.

The boy was killed instantly. He was a passenger in the pickup, operated by Evan West, 20, of Liberty. A second passenger in the truck, 15-year-old Samuel Levesque of Liberty, was seriously injured. Levesque is being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland for multiple injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening. West was treated and released from the Belfast hospital.

Troopers said the wreck was about a quarter-mile away from another fatal crash that took place Tuesday morning on Route 3.

Traffic on the road was detoured around the crash site for three hours as a team of troopers investigated the accident. There is no immediate explanation as to why Minson’s Pontiac Vibe crossed the centerline. She was traveling west, headed home following an out-of-state vacation.

West was friends with his two passengers. They had left a nearby home to go to the store. The crash took place about 5:30 p.m.

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