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One dead, one injured in head-on crash on Sagadahoc Bridge in Woolwich

The crash was reported around 12:42 p.m. Friday and involved two vehicles, according to Sagadahoc County dispatch.

WOOLWICH, Maine — Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene of a fatal, head-on crash in the area of the Sagadahoc Bridge northbound on Route 1 in Woolwich. 

The crash was reported at approximately 12:42 p.m. Friday and involved two vehicles, Sagadahoc County dispatch told NEWS CENTER Maine.

The crash reportedly occurred near Dairy Queen, a Facebook post from the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office said.

A 2021 Subaru Legacy operated by 55-year-old Robert Payzant Jr. of Lewiston veered across the roadway while traveling south on Route 1, according to a news release issued Friday afternoon by the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office. 

The Subaru reportedly crossed into the path of a northbound 2017 Ford F150 truck operated by 69-year-old Joseph Pickul of Southport that was towing a horse trailer with no animals inside, the release states. 

Payzant was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. Deputies said Pickul was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with "serious, but non-life threatening injuries."

Deputies said speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by Deputy David Brown to determine the cause of the Subaru crossing lanes. The accident is being reconstructed by Detective Brian Carlton, assisted by the Brunswick Police Department. 

The Woolwich Fire Department assisted at the scene, according to the release.

All lanes were fully reopened to oncoming traffic in both directions as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday. 

No additional information has been released at this time.

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