August 19, 2013

2 dead in Vassalboro head-on collision

By Jesse Scardina
Staff Writer

VASSALBORO — Two Vassalboro men died in a two-vehicle crash this afternoon on Riverside Drive.

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One of two pickup trucks involved in a double-fatal, head-on collision on Riverside Drive in Vassalboro this afternoon is attached to a wrecker.

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Workers and deputy sheriffs clear the scene of a double-fatal, head-on accident on Riverside Drive in Vassalboro today.

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Kenneth Lee, 63, of Bog Road, was driving north in a maroon 2007 Chevy Silverado when he crossed the center line, resulting in a head-on collision with Shawn Greenleaf, 32, who was driving a white 1998 Dodge Ram, according to a news release from Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty.

Greenleaf suffered massive abdominal trauma, according to the release, and was pronounced dead at the scene after attempts to resuscitate him failed.

Lee also suffered extensive abdominal trauma, and a significant leg wound in the collision. Lee was pinned in the vehicle, requiring the Vassalboro Fire Department to free him using extraction equipment.

He was treated at the scene before he was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:26 p.m.

The accident occurred a little before 3 p.m. The road, also called U.S. Route 201, was closed until 6 p.m., when one lane reopened. The accident occured about three miles north of the Augusta city line.

"There's so much debris up here," said Ryan Reardon, deputy chief for the Kennebec County Sherrif's Office, adding that tire track measurements and information was still being gathered in the afternoon.

The Augusta Fire Department and the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office also responded to the crash. responded to the crash.

The accident is being investigated and reconstructed by Sgt. Michael Pion and Deputy Jeremy Day of Kennebec County Sheriff's Office. The initial investigation did not reveal speed or alcohol as factors, according to the news release. It does indicate that Lee drifted into Greenleaf's lane.

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One of the two pickup trucks damaged in a double-fatal head-on collision on Riverside Drive in Vassalboro today is hooked up to a wrecker.

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