Camden man killed in crash on Route 17 in Somerville

Slippery condition believed to be cause
By Dwight Collins | Feb 22, 2014

Somerville — Investigators suspect that road conditions lead to a crash that claimed the life of a Camden man Feb. 21 on Route 17 in Somerville.

Alden F. Pease, 20, of Camden, was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty west on Route 17 when it crossed over into the eastbound lane, striking a Pine State Trading Company delivery truck operated by Lee A. Reynolds, 26, of Litchfield, according to a Lincoln County Sheriff's Office press release.

Pease, a 2011 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School, was believed to be heading for work as an office assistant for the State of Maine in Augusta.

The crash was reported to Lincoln County Communications Center in Wiscasset at approximately 7 a.m. and a section of the road from Washington to Somerville was closed for several hours.

Both Pease and Reynolds were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, and Reynolds appeared uninjured, the report stated.

Route 17 was snow covered and had not been treated with sand or salt at the time of the crash, and investigators suspect road conditions were a factor in the accident, according to the press release.

State Police and the LCSO received mutual aid responses from Somerville Fire Department, Jefferson Fire and Rescue, Whitefield Fire Department, Washington Fire Department and Delta Ambulance.

No charges are expected, according to the press release.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Ann McGowan | Feb 27, 2014 19:44

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Posted by: Barbara G Roscoe | Feb 22, 2014 20:16

I have seen so many Facebook posts this winter about the condition of Route 17 and the horrible condition it is in after the numerous winter storms this year.  It seems that this has been an ongoing issue all season.  What's up with this and who is responsible for taking care of the road??  People are expected to be at work but have to travel on roads that have not been taken care of properly.  What is the issue here?????

 



Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Feb 22, 2014 13:09

HOW CAN YOU NOT TREAT A MAJOR ROAD BY 7:00 AM!!!???? Route 17 is HORRIBLE, and no one cares!!



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