JACKMAN — Speed and alcohol may have been factors in a single car crash Wednesday night that took the lives of two young women, police said.
Jessica Worster, 21, of Jackman, and Brooke Giroux, 17, of Moose River, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened about 8:20 p.m., according to Dale Lancaster, chief deputy of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. The crash occurred on what is known as the Route 6 cutoff road, an unimproved road that connects state routes 6 and 15 with U.S. Route 201 about seven miles south of Jackman.
Injured in the crash were Anthony Carrier, 18, of Jackman, and Kyle Hoyt, 22, of Moose River. Holt was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries from Jackman Regional Health Center. Carrier, who was ejected from the car, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with non-life threatening injuries, according to Lancaster.
Lancaster said it appears Worster was driving. The car was registered to Gaetane Lumbert, of Jackman.
Jackman Town Manager Kathleen MacKenzie described the feeling in the twin communities as numbness and disbelief.
“There just are not adequate words … it’s a very sad day,” MacKenzie said Thursday afternoon. “In Jackman, the town is so small it’s impossible not to know every single one of them. We feel the loss of every single person, and to lose young people that haven’t had the opportunity to live their life is just devastating. We grieve for everyone. If you’re 90, we grieve at the loss, but to lose people at this stage in their life is just heartbreaking.”
Worster’s Facebook page was filled with condolences Thursday, with friends writing “fly high beautiful angel” and “rest in paradise and spread your beautiful wings.”
Worster, a 2009 graduate of Forest Hills High School in Jackman, had an identical twin, Jasmine Worster, according to Morning Sentinel archives. Both girls played varsity softball and basketball at Forest Hills. Jessica Worster had been a student at University of Maine at Farmington and is also listed as a member of the class of 2013 at University of New England.
Police said the accident remains under investigation.
The accident happened at the town line of Jackman and Long Pond Township. Lancaster said the 1999 Subaru Legacy was going west, toward U.S. 201 from Long Pond, when the driver lost control.
The dirt road is owned by Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. and is used by truckers to avoid Main Street in Jackman. Lancaster said an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, who was on the road at the time of the crash, saw the accident.
“The vehicle left the road and rolled over several times,” Lancaster said. “Three of the four occupants of the vehicle were ejected. They were not wearing seat belts.”
County deputies, state police troopers, Border Patrol agents and game wardens responded to the accident, as did Jackman-Moose River fire and rescue units. Assistant District Attorney Frank Griffin also visited the scene, Lancaster said. State police troopers reconstructed the accident.
Jackman-Moose River Fire Chief Bill Jarvis said his department responded with three vehicles and nine firefighters. Jackman Ambulance sent two ambulances and five emergency medical technicians, he said.
Routes 6 and 15 run from U.S. 201 along Long Pond to Rockwood and Greenville. Jackman is about 70 miles north of Skowhegan and about 15 miles south of the Canada border.
The Route 6 cutoff road was also the scene of a work-related fatality on July 5, 2012. A Quebec man, Bruno Clotier, 46, of St. Zacharie, was killed when he was pinned between a harvester and a service truck.
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