Knox man killed in I-95 head-on collision
Hampden — A Knox man was killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 95 in Hamden during the evening hours of Sunday, April 6.
Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said 39-year-old James Curtis III was killed when Richard Holden, 55, of Carmel, who was driving north in an SUV in the southbound lane of I-95, struck Curtis' pickup truck at about 7 p.m. near the Hampden-Newburgh town line.
McCausland said Holden failed to stop for troopers as they attempted to block the vehicle. Other troopers were in position to set up spike mats when the SUV slammed head on into Curtis's truck.
Both drivers were killed instantly, McCausland said.
Holden also lived in Maryland and his license was suspended in that state and in Maine, McCausland said.
Initial reports indicated the SUV was traveling south in the southbound lane when for unknown reasons Holden turned around and began heading in the wrong direction. More information regarding the driver of the SUV will be released when relatives have been located and notified.
Blood alcohol tests will be completed, as required by law, as troopers try to determine why Holden drove for nearly one mile in the wrong direction before colliding with Curtis' truck.
The southbound lanes were closed as a result of the crash and traffic was diverted at the Colebrook Road exit in Hampden.