EUSTIS — Two people were seriously injured early Saturday in a two-vehicle crash on the Arnold Trail Road off state Route 27 in Eustis, while three were later detained for Border Patrol, according to police.

The Maine State Police and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash, finding one of the vehicles was headed north while transporting undocumented individuals.

Luis Kleber Mayancela-Yunga, 28, of Biddeford was driving northbound in a 2010 GMC van with four passengers at 8:28 a.m. when he lost control on black ice, Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said.

Jean-Francois Brassard, 26, of Sherbrooke, Quebec, hit the van while driving southbound in a 2016 Toyota RAV4.

Two of the van’s passengers were seriously injured and taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Nichols said.

Nichols said Mayancela-Yunga’s passengers were from Ecuador, three of whom were undocumented, and taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol.


Route 27 in the Eustis Village Road area was closed from the time of the crash until 12:32 p.m., when one lane was reopened to traffic.

Shannon Moss, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Sunday the two who were injured in the crash are expected to survive.

None of the van’s occupants were wearing a seat belt, Moss said.

A spokesperson from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection was not available Sunday afternoon to answer questions.

Nichols said the crash investigation was handed over to the state police.

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