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Oil delivery truck driver killed in head-on crash with tractor-trailer

The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday on Route 27 in Chain of Ponds Township, approximately 10 minutes south of the Canadian border. (Franklin County Sheriff Office)

CHAIN OF PONDS TOWNSHIP (WGME) -- An oil delivery truck driver is dead after deputies say a tractor-trailer hit him head-on near the Canadian border Monday morning.

Investigators say snow may have played a factor.

Deputies say a tractor-trailer and an oil delivery truck collided in Chain of Ponds Township in Franklin County, killing the delivery driver and closing Route 27 for hours.

Franklin County deputies say the crash happened around 9:30 a.m.

They believe the empty tractor-trailer, which was headed south, lost control coming around a cruve, jackknifed and struck the oil truck head-on.

Investigators say the driver of the delivery truck, Gregory Hutchinson, of Carthage, of was killed instantly.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was treated and released.

Deputies say fresh snow coating the road may have played a factor.

“We’re still working on the details of that. The Maine State Police is here doing accident reconstruction and we won’t have all the details until they have that report done,” Lt. David Rackliffe, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, said.

Deputies say because of how rural the area is, the first ones on the scene were border patrol agents who found the delivery truck leaking oil and kerosene

“It was a rupture of the tank and we believe roughly 800 gallons of that was lost. DEP is here doing the cleanup of that,” Rackliffe said.

Deputies say the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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