Two people killed in head-on crash on Route 108 in Canton

Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

A husband and wife were killed Thursday when their Subaru station wagon collided head-on with a potato truck on Route 108 in Canton village.

CANTON — A Dixfield couple was killed Thursday when their station wagon collided head-on with a loaded potato truck on Route 108.

Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

A husband and wife were killed Thursday when their Subaru station wagon collided head-on with a potato truck on Route 108 in Canton village.

Howard Child and his wife, Carrie Child, were killed at about 1 p.m. when their Subaru Legacy veered into the path of a dump truck in front of the Victorian Villa Rehabilitation and Living Center in Canton village, police said.

The Childs were headed west toward Dixfield. Howard Child, who was driving the car, was 73 years old; his wife was 75.

Victorian Villa Administrator Mark Jacobs said nursing home employees went outside as soon as they heard the crash to help until ambulances arrived. But, he said, there was nothing they could do to help the couple.

The driver of the International dump truck, James Bagley, 66, of St. Albans, was not injured, although he was taken to Rumford Hospital after the accident.

Jacobs said the Childs' car appeared to have "swerved into the lane of the truck" before crashing head-on and sliding under the front end.

The International dump truck is owned by Crane Brothers of Canton, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The area where the crash occurred was on a slight curve in a 35-mph zone. Police closed a portion of the road and diverted traffic around the scene while Maine State Police reconstructed the accident.


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MARK GRAVEL's picture

Isn't it odd that the

Isn't it odd that the collision is square on to the potato truck? Most head on collisions are offset to the side.

Jennie Hebert's picture

I work with their daughter in

I work with their daughter in law if you must know! Very sorry for their loss. Sending prayers to all of the family in this difficult time.

Jennie Hebert's picture

I can't believe you have

I can't believe you have already released names and not all of the family is aware yet!

 's picture

Information release

While this is certainly tragic to all of the near and distant family members, the responsibility of law enforcement ends after notifying at least one direct next-of-kin. Police officials have no idea how long it would take to notify all of the family members, and rely on that next-of-kin to handle it. In today's social media world, these things happen.

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How do you know?

How do you know?

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