Police say a University of Maine student was killed in a car accident on his way to classes Wednesday morning, Dec. 15.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Bob Keating said 18-year-old David E. Brown died at the scene of the crash, which was initially reported at about 11 a.m.

Keating said the accident occurred when Brown, who was traveling along Route 9 in a 1994 Jeep Cherokee and was on his way to school, lost control of the vehicle after passing another driver.

Brown began to skid sideways after he returned to his travel lane and went off the roadway, striking a utility pole on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The pole snapped due to the impact, and Keating said the crash caused electrical wires to come down on top of the vehicle and into the road.

Brown died at the scene, Keating said.

The accident shut down the stretch of Route 9 from Rogers Road to Barker Road, and as of 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, one lane of Route 9 was re-opened to traffic. Central Maine Power linemen were still on the scene working to repair the damage to the utility pole and the power lines Wednesday afternoon.

Keating said Brown had been residing with relatives on Waning Road in Unity, but the Jeep he was driving was registered to his parents, who live in Missouri.

Deputy Ben Seekins was the primary officer at the scene, and he was assisted by Lt. Jason Trundy and Detective Jason Bosco. Troy fire and Unity ambulance personnel assisted with traffic control.