An elderly woman died and two other people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision on Route 27 in Dresden, just north of the Wiscasset town line, the morning of Friday, June 2.
Carolyn G. Blouin, 75, of Rockville, Conn., was pronounced dead at the scene. Blouin was driving a red 1995 Toyota Camry north on Route 27 at the time of the crash. Patrick J. Shorey, 24, of Augusta, was driving a black 2010 Chevrolet Malibu south on Route 27. Shorey crossed the centerline; Blouin’s vehicle struck the passenger side of Shorey’s vehicle, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rand Maker.
Gardiner Fire & Rescue transported Shorey and the passenger in Blouin’s vehicle, her husband, Charles J. Blouin, 81, to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta with serious injuries, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
Investigators are working to determine why Shorey’s vehicle crossed the centerline. “Investigators will be working to determine if vehicle defects, speed, alcohol, drugs, or possibly distraction were factors in this crash,” Maker said in the press release. The sheriff’s office will forward a final report on the investigation to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Per protocol in all investigations of fatal crashes, a blood sample has been obtained from Shorey, according to the press release.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is providing forensic mapping and the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office is reconstructing the crash.
Wiscasset Fire Chief T.J. Merry said firefighters had to extricate Blouin from the vehicle.
All individuals were wearing their seat belts.
The Lincoln County Communications Center dispatched emergency services at 9:23 a.m. Route 27 was closed to through traffic for more than three hours during the emergency response and accident reconstruction.
The Dresden Fire Department, Gardiner Fire & Rescue, the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office, the Wiscasset Ambulance Service, the Wiscasset Fire Department, and the Wiscasset Police Department responded to the scene.
The scene was cleared at about 12:40 p.m.