A Winthrop funeral home employee taking a body to the funeral home was killed Monday evening when the transport van he was driving was struck from behind by a SUV on U.S. Route 202 in Greene.

Richard Charest, 59, of Winthrop, an employee of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home in Winthrop, died at the scene at about 6 p.m., according to Maine State Police.

Troopers said the van was struck from behind by a Hummer at the crest of a hill on U.S. 202, near the intersection of Daggett Hill Road. The Hummer was driven by Donald Asselin, 58, of Sabattus. Asselin suffered minor injuries but did not require immediate medical attention.

According to authorities, the impact drove the van several hundred feet off the road, down an embankment and into a stand of trees. Both Charest and the body remained inside the Ford Flex minivan.

Traffic at the site was detoured for about three hours Monday night as troopers investigated the crash. Additional work was expected to take place Tuesday at the crash site. State Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call the dispatch center in Gray at 657-3030.

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