One person is dead following a crash Monday between a pickup truck and an oil tanker truck on Route 3 in the Waldo County town of Liberty.

Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said troopers were just arriving at the crash as of 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon and were investigating. He said the crash involved a passenger vehicle pickup truck and an oil truck.

McCausland later identified the driver of the pickup tuck as 70-year-old Herman Reynolds of Belfast and the driver of the tanker truck as Trent Cates, 56, of Solon.

In a news release sent later in the day, police said the driver of the pickup truck was killed instantly when his truck veered into the path of an oil tanker truck on Route 3, near the intersection of Marshall Shore Road. The tanker attempted to avoid the head-on collision. The driver of the oil tanker was not hurt.

The oil truck, owned by H.O. Bouchard, ended up on its side in a bog, but no oil spilled.

McCausland said Route 3 was closed and was expected to remain so for a while, disrupting the evening commute for drivers. Traffic near the crash site was being detoured onto Boynton Road, a detour that would continue for the rest of the afternoon.

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

Twitter: @colinoellis

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