SOMERVILLE — One person died in a fiery crash after a vehicle struck a tree and burst into flames just before midnight Thursday on Somerville Road.

Somerville firefighters extinguished the blaze and found the driver dead, according to a press release from the  Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle and the occupant were taken to the Maine State Police Crime Lab in Augusta for identification.

“We are in the early stages of this examination/investigation,” Mark Belserene, administrator for the State Medical Examiner’s Office, said this morning. “We do not have a preliminary ID yet.”

Maine State Police were reconstructing the crash, which occurred as the vehicle was heading north on Somerville Road.

Departments assisting at the scene were Whitefield and Jefferson firefighters and investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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