1 Child Died, 1 is Critically Injured after a Madison Crash
A pickup truck carrying a family of five crashed in Madison, killing one child, and leaving the others with various injuries.
Where Did the Crash Happen?
For a family of five, a trip to visit friends in Hartland turned tragic when their pickup crashed on Thursday night. The Somerset County Sheriff's Office says a Ford F-150 driven by 30-year-old Robert Simonds was driving shortly after 11:00 Thursday night on the White School House Road in Madison. For some reason, the pickup veered off the road, about a half-mile from the intersection with Russell Road, and struck a large tree. The child's mother, 28-year-old Ashley Corson and Simonds both sustained injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
How Badly Were the Other Children Injured?
According to the Morning Sentinel, their 7-year-old son died at the scene. Police say he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. A 1-year-old child was buckled into a child safety seat and was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan, along with a 9-year-old brother. The children were then taken to Portland hospitals. The 9-year-old's injuries were not considered life-threatening but the baby sustained a life-threatening head injury.
Do Police Know How the Crash Happened?
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. So far, officials say it does not appear excessive speed was a factor.
We'll update this story as more details become available.