April 08, 2020

County truck collision kills Mapleton youth

MAPLETON — A Mapleton youth died late Monday afternoon from injuries caused by a collision of his pickup truck and a tractor-trailer truck on Route 163.

Aaron S. Archer, 17, was pronounced dead Monday at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle, not long after the 4:10 p.m. collision in Mapleton.

Trooper Ross McQuade of the Maine State Police said Tuesday that Archer was traveling west on Route 163 when the accident occurred. The youth was driving on a long, radial curve when his vehicle went left over the center line of the road into the travel lane of an eastbound 18-wheeler operated by Stephen E. Currie, 54, of Arthurette, New Brunswick.

Police said Archer apparently lost control of his 1989 Toyota pickup truck, which turned 90 degrees and was struck on the passenger side by the tractor-trailer.

McQuade said Route 163 had spotty ice on the road surface.

The accident remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon.

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