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Police probe cause of fatal Sebec car crash

Article from Bangor Daily News, Friday, October 22, 2004

By Doug Kesseli
of the NEWS Staff

SEBEC - Officials spent the day Thursday seeking answers to what led to a deadly crash on Wednesday on the North Road. Investigator Allen Emerson of the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Department said late Thursday afternoon that officials were busy interviewing people and trying to backtrack the events of the day.

Their hope is to piece together what caused the crash that killed two young men. A third person in the car survived with relatively minor injuries.

Drake Martell, 21, of Sangerville and Elias Russell, 22, of Parkman were both pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday afternoon.

Heath St. Louis, 21, from the Guilford area suffered bruises and cuts, but was ambulatory after the accident. A motorist spotted him running from the scene, yelling and trying to get help.

Allen said it still wasn't clear who was driving and what caused the accident. The car went off the road and into a ditch before becoming airborne.

The car, a 2004 Mazda MZ6s, crashed through some trees about 10 to 15 feet above the ground and landed on the ground about 20 feet from the road.

It appeared that everyone was wearing seat belts and the air bags deployed, according to Allen.

Allen said it wasn't known how St. Louis managed to get out of the vehicle. The investigator said that even St. Louis didn't seem to know how he survived.

As part of the investigation, the heavily damaged car was taken for examination to the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory in Augusta, Emerson said.

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