A man was killed in Wayne early Saturday morning when the sport utility vehicle he was driving veered off the road and crashed into a pole, Maine State Police said.

Michael Fitzherbert, 35, from the Oxford County town of Hartford, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected partially from the vehicle, according to a news release Saturday morning from Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. Fitzherbert died at the crash scene, off Route 133.

He was alone in the vehicle.

“Preliminary investigation suggests speed was a contributing factor in the crash,” McCausland said in the release. Fitzherbert had been driving north about 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the Kennebec County town of Wayne in his 2001 Chevy Blazer when the vehicle went off the right side of Route 133 just west of Lord Road and stuck a utility pole, rolling over onto its roof, McCausland said.

While the accident site was cleared after several hours, Wayne Assistant Fire Chief Jim Welch said Route 133 had been closed for eight hours.

“The pole that broke is owned by Consolidated Communications, and they don’t dispatch a truck until the scene is cleared,” Welch said.

Readfield, Mount Vernon and Wayne fire crews and Winthrop ambulance assisted state police troopers at the crash site, along with Winthrop police, McCausland said.

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